Pelvic and Bladder Health
The female pelvic floor is a delicate structure that holds a woman’s internal organs (including the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum) in place. Not only does the pelvic floor prevent these organs from falling down or out, but it also plays a very important role in making the organs function properly.
Women with weakness or defects of the pelvic muscles may begin to have problems controlling their bladder and bowels. Symptoms of pelvic floor disorder include:
- Urine leakage (urinary incontinence)
- Difficulty emptying their bladder (voiding dysfunction)
- Overactive bladder.
Some women also feel or see tissue or bulge coming out of their vagina, and this can be a prolapse of the uterus. Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus sags or slips from its normal position and into the vagina, or birth canal.
It is possible to experience one or several of these signs and symptoms of pelvic floor disorders.
We encourage you to contact us and learn how we can help improve your quality of life by treating your issues.
We provide both medical management and surgical correction of the pelvic floor disorders. In many cases, both pelvic and urinary symptoms can be improved or cured by pelvic floor behavior therapy/exercises, placement of pessary, vagina inserts for stress incontinence. Overactive bladder symptoms can be effectively treated with behavior therapy or medication.
In most cases, prolapse symptoms can be repaired vaginally through a variety of procedures to restore the normal anatomy. Often an open abdominal or laparoscopic approach can be performed to achieve restoration of the normal anatomy. This involves the suspension of the pelvic organs and various pelvic ligaments.
For more information, or to make an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 718-291-3276.