What is Urogynecology?
Urogynecology is a clinical specialty that focuses on both the female reproductive system (gynecology) and the female urinary tract (urology). This field is formally known as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery or FPMRS.
What is a Urogynecologist?
A urogynecologist is a physician who completed additional training in the diagnosis and treatment pelvic floor disorders. We perform surgery and provide other necessary treatments to correct problems that involve the pelvic floor and the internal organs supported by the pelvic floor.
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, nerves, and ligaments that support your uterus, vagina, rectum, small intestine, bladder, and colon. The pelvic floor keeps all of these pelvic organs in place so that they function properly. If the pelvic floor weakens or is injured, these organs may not function properly or may be uncomfortable to you.
What are pelvic floor disorders?
The pelvic floor can become injured or weakened from childbirth, pregnancy, being overweight, chronic intra-abdominal pressure or forces on the pelvic organs or having pelvic surgery.
Women with pelvic floor disorders may have urine or bowel leakage (incontinence) or difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement disorders (emptying disorders). Some women report frequent urination or trouble controlling a full bladder (overactive bladder).
Pelvic floor disorders can also cause bladder pain and burning (bladder pain syndrome). Some women experience the feeling of abdominal bloating and pain. Others experience a vaginal bulge or a feeling that something is coming out of their vaginal opening (prolapse).
When should I see a Urogynecologist?
Many pelvic floor disorders are a result of aging or are common after having a child. But they are treatable. If you are bothered by any pelvic floor disorder symptoms, call us to schedule an appointment because we are able to successfully treat these disorders.
Your primary physician may refer you to a urogynecologist after learning about your symptoms. While urologists, gynecologists, and primary care physicians are knowledgeable about pelvic floor disorders, a urogynecologist has special training and expertise in treating them.
What treatment options are available from a Urogynecologist?
Many types of treatment options are available to cure or reduce the symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. Common treatment options include:
If these treatments are not adequate, then a urogynecologist may be able to suggest other medications, nerve stimulation, or surgery. Together, we can discuss all of the treatment options available before making a decision.