We believe very strongly it is NOT a normal part of a woman’s aging process to develop uncomfortable, troublesome symptoms of incontinence or prolapse. If you’ve been told, «It’s something you live with,» or «It’s a by-product of having kids and/or aging,» then you may want to see Dr.A. Starikov.
What is Urogynecology? It is a subspecialty of urology and gynecology. A urogynecologist specializes in treatment of women with pelvic floor disorder. The pelvic floor forms the support for all of the organs and structures in the pelvis. When these structures are damaged or weakened by childbirth, menopause, surgery or heredity, unpleasant symptoms may result. Patients with these disorders often don’t even realize there’s a name for what they have. Of greater concern, many women needing treatment often don’t seek it out because they are embarrassed. Symptoms treated include:
- Incontinence: bladder or bowel, leakage of urine or feces
- Pelvic Prolapse: descent of the pelvic organs, dropped uterus, vagina, bladder or rectum
- Pelvic Discomfort: bladder or urethral discomfort including burning, pelvic muscle or joint pain often misinterpreted as ovary or uterine pain
- Overactive Bladder: frequent urination, bladder pressure, difficulty holding back a full bladder, urgency incontinence
- Emptying Disorders: difficulty with urination or moving bowels
Urogynecology Specialists offer a variety of treatments for these disorders, both non-surgical and surgical. Non-surgical treatments of pelvic floor disorders include pelvic exercises, behavioral or dietary changes, medications, biofeedback, acupuncture, electric stimulation, and/or vaginal devices. Surgical procedures often include less invasive options utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System or a highly technical laparoscopic surgery.
Remember, you DON’T have to live with it! Call for an appointment.