Urogynecology

What is a Urogynecologist? A urogynecologist is a doctor highly trained in the field of urogynecology, which is a combination of both urology and gynecology. Common disorders treated by urogynecologists include:

  • Incontinence - bladder control problems
  • Emptying disorders - difficulty going to the bathroom
  • Pelvic pain
  • Overactive bladder - going to the bathroom more frequently than normal
  • Prolapse - weakening of the pelvic muscles that causes internal organs to drop down
  • Interstitial Cystitis - painful bladder syndrome

Millions of women experience the inconvenience, discomfort, and embarrassment of urinary incontinence and other types of voiding dysfunctions. Most women are reluctant to discuss these problems with their doctor out of embarrassment or because they believe that it is a natural process of aging and giving birth.

At Renaissance Health and Surgical Associates, we are highly motivated to provide unique and progressive care for patients suffering from urinary incontinence and various forms of prolapse. Our approach is not only interventional but also educational and supportive.

We have put together a multi-step evaluation program that can be accomplished in our office. It begins first with the recognition of a problem. From there, the patient will be examined by a urogynecologist. The bladder is in a unique location with the uterus, vagina and rectum. Most cases of incontinence occur with some degree of pelvic prolapse (cystocele, rectocele or uterine prolapse.) To ignore any of these defects would be detrimental to the overall treatment success.

The next step is to develop a treatment plan, which will be highly tailored to meet your goals and restore your life to normalcy. Treatment can range from pessary placement for pelvic prolapse to pelvic floor retraining using kegal exercises, or may involve further evaluation with in office urodynamic testing. Although some women may require corrective surgery, we believe in trying conservative measures first, instead of going straight to the operating room.

If you have incontinence, prolapse or pelvic pain issues that are affecting your quality of life, you should seek treatment. These disorders are not just a normal part of aging. We can help women find safe, effective options to help them regain their quality of life.

 

Information on this website is for educational and reference purposes only and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice.


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