Uniquely Integrated Approach to Female Pelvic Health
University Hospitals offers one of only a few integrated female pelvic health teams in the nation.
That’s important because it lets specialists who share a common focus on female pelvic health combine their expertise, communicate best practices and develop innovations in patient care.
At UH, women benefit from access to advanced treatment options for pelvic floor disorders, with greater opportunities to preserve and restore pelvic health. Our Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery team guides women through diagnosis and treatment for:
The Latest in Female Pelvic Floor Treatment Options: Therapy, Botox and Surgery
Our female pelvic health specialists are experienced in the full scope of treatment options, ensuring patient satisfaction through compassionate care and superior outcomes. Our nationally-recognized experts provide the best treatment options for each patient,for a full range of female pelvic floor issues including pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction,overactive bladder and urinary incontinence.
Treatments include a number of medical and behavioral therapies, drug therapies, laser treatments and surgeries:
- Nonsurgical therapies offered by our pelvic physical therapists often lead to improved function and successful results.
- Vaginal laser treatment can help relieve pain during sex caused by vaginal atrophy.
- Botox injections in the bladder offer women a new way to improve urgency control.
- Reconstructive surgery can help correct a variety of vaginal and pelvic floor disorders.We offer a range of surgical options, including advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques.
We are one of the few integrated systems in academic medicine with fellowship-trained surgeons,who apply additional years of training and knowledge to providing exceptional patient care. Our specialists can take complex problems and develop successful and individualized treatment plans for women with pelvic floor disorders.
National Leadership in Clinical Research and Innovation
Discovering new medical techniques and improvements to patient care is a vital component of our research mission at University Hospitals. Our female pelvic health experts conduct breakthrough research and national clinical trials to find innovative ways to treat female pelvic floor disorders and improve the quality of life for patients.
A Collaborative Approach
We take great pride in delivering seamless, compassionate care that is highly sensitive to our patients’ individual needs by bringing together an integrated team of specialists, including:
- Colorectal surgeons
- Nurse practitioners
- Urodynamic technicians
- Pelvic floor physical therapists
Comprehensive Care for Female Pelvic Issues
With expertise for both routine and complex gynecologic and pelvic conditions, our team treats:
- Congenital abnormalities: Problems that occur during a person’s development before birth are identified as congenital abnormalities.
- Cystocele (fallen bladder): When the supportive tissue between a woman's bladder and vaginal wall weakens and stretches, the bladder drops from its normal position.
- Enterocele: When the small intestine falls into the lower pelvic cavity and pushes on the top part of the vagina, a bulge is created.
- Fecal incontinence: The inability to control bowel movements,causing stool to leak unexpectedly from the rectum.
- Fistulas: Abnormal connections or tunnels between an organ and another structure,such as between the bowel and the vagina.
- Interstitial cystitis: Also called painful bladder syndrome, this condition causes discomfort, pain or tenderness in the bladder, abdomen and pelvic area, along with the need to urinate frequently.
- Neurogenic bladder: Bladder dysfunction caused by neurologic damage,with symptoms such as overflow incontinence, frequency, urgency, urge incontinence, and retention problems.
- Pelvic pain: Dull or sharp pain in the area below the belly button and above the hips.
- Rectocele: Bulging of the front wall of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina.
- Recurrent bladder infections: Also called chronic cystitis, this condition causes recurring pain when urinating and a constant urge to go to the bathroom.
- Urethral diverticulum (UD): A pocket or pouch that forms along the urethra that can fill with urine and lead to infections.
- Urethrocele: Prolapse or protruding of the vagina into the urethra.
- Urinary incontinence: Loss of bladder control,such as leaking urine when you cough, sneeze or laugh.
- Urinary retention: Inability to empty the bladder completely.
- Uterine prolapse: When the uterus sags or slips from its normal position and falls into the vagina.
Schedule an Appointment with a Female Pelvic Health Specialist
If you or someone you love has diminished quality of life due to urogynecology conditions,such as pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence, schedule an appointment with a female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery specialist at University Hospitals.