You may think that urinary incontinence, pelvic pain or other pelvic floor problems are just a part of getting older. But the truth is, these conditions can be treated so you don’t have to live in discomfort.
Our urogynecologists (doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery) provide experienced, compassionate care. We offer the full range of treatments available for women with pelvic floor disorders, so you can get the care that meets your needs.
Urogynecology Team at the Women & Infants Center
Our doctors are board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) with three years of rigorous, additional fellowship training. They also hold board certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery to treat pelvic floor disorders.
Pelvic Floor Disorders
Pelvic floor disorders are quite common. An estimated one-third of U.S. women have one or more types of pelvic floor disorders. Our urogynecologists provide medical evaluations, diagnostics and testing, and treatment for women who have:
- Urinary incontinence: Loss of bladder control
- Pelvic organ prolapse: A shift of pelvic organs into or outside the vagina
- Urinary tract infections: Infections of the lower urinary tract, including the bladder
- Maternal pelvic floor birth injury: Damage to pelvic structures because of physiological changes during pregnancy and the process of childbirth
- Fecal incontinence: Loss of bowel control
- Bladder and pelvic floor pain: Pain in the lower abdomen (belly) and pelvis
- Transvaginal mesh complications: Problems with the mesh that was used in a previous gynecological surgery, such as pain, bleeding, infection or exposure of the mesh
Treatments for Pelvic Floor Disorders
You don’t have to live with incontinence, prolapse or pelvic pain. At the Women & Infants Center, our care team offers a variety of options to treat these conditions and provide relief from your symptoms, such as:
- Behavioral modifications
- Pelvic floor physical therapy
- Nonsurgical treatments such as a pessary (a device inserted into the vagina to support the uterus)
- Surgical options including minimally invasive procedures
Our urogynecology team works closely with your other doctors, including your primary care physician, colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists and other specialists, to coordinate your care. We can address both common and complex pelvic floor problems.
To make an appointment with a Washington University urogynecologist at the Women & Infants Center, call 855.925.0631.