Also known as: Pelvic Floor Disorders
For many, pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) like incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse seem like untreatable and embarrassing conditions, forcing individuals to suffer through irregular bladder, bowel and vaginal function. Our teams of urologists and urogynecologists are experts in treating pelvic conditions, helping improve the quality of life of countless patients.
The pelvic floor supports many muscles and organs, including your bladder, rectum, and reproductive system. When this support weakens, organs begin to prolapse from their normal position, and you may experience the pain, incontinence, and other problems that are typical with pelvic floor disorders.
Symptoms vary, as well. You may feel pelvic pressure, pain, or heaviness. Some women also experience urinary incontinence (leakage when you laugh, sneeze, or cough) or an overactive bladder that necessitates frequent trips to the bathroom. Others experience loss of bowel control.
We understand that pelvic floor disorders are uncomfortable and sensitive conditions. This is why our PFD specialists intentionally provide trusting care in a peaceful and sympathetic environment. They partner with you to create a treatment plan customized to your specific condition and reflective of your needs.
When pelvic muscles are weak or injured, either through age, pressure, or childbirth, conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, fistulas, bladder and bowel disorders can occur. At Providence, you’ll find a full spectrum of services for these pelvic floor disorders.
Through minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotics-assisted procedures, our pelvic health physicians provide precise and accurate diagnoses and treatments. These allow for faster recovery, shorter hospital stays and a reduced risk of injury.
Surgeries and treatments for pelvic floor disorders include:
- Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT)
- Pessary devices
- Biofeedback therapy
- Urethral and anal bulking
- Mid-urethral slings
- Sacral neuromodulation