Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology)
The Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and its Pelvic Floor Program provide state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic options for the full spectrum of urogynecologic conditions, including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, painful bladder syndromes and birth defects of the genital tract.
One of the most common types of urinary incontinence is stress incontinence, which can be due to a weakness of the pelvic floor muscles or a problem with the urethral sphincter, the muscle that helps hold or release urine. A simple way to describe stress incontinence is a urine leak during physical activity or when you sneeze or laugh.
Women experience urinary incontinence five times as often as men. That difference is due to the physical stresses of pregnancy and childbirth, changes in the quality of pelvic tissues, and the structure of the female urinary tract. Men and women also can become incontinent due to neurological injury, birth defects, strokes, multiple sclerosis or previous pelvic surgeries.
There are a variety of treatment options for urinary incontinence, including exercise, physical therapy and surgery. If surgery is required, minimally invasive procedures are available that allow a woman to get back to her active life sooner. One of the latest developments is the tension-free suburethral sling, a thin piece of mesh inserted to support the urethra.
For some patients, the problem can be resolved with a simple office procedure in which the urethral sphincter is strengthened with injections of special bulking agents that increase the resistance in the urethra.
Many options are available for all types of urinary incontinence.
Our comprehensive range of services includes:
- Pelvic Floor Program
- Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including colposcopy, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy
- Urogynecologic service
- Gynecologic ultrasounds