General Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgeries located in Orlando, FL & Kissimmee, FL
Are you struggling with pain or incontinence due to pelvic floor issues? Urogynecology focuses on the specialized care of women with pelvic floor disorders (PFD), which can cause problems such as pain, incontinence, or prolapse. The doctors at Osceola Gynecology are skilled urogynecologists who have a wide range of expertise in helping women affected by PFD. If you are experiencing pelvic pain or dysfunction, call one of Osceola Gynecology’s offices in Orlando, Kissimmee, or Poinciana, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Urogynecology Q & A
What is urogynecology?
Urogynecology is a subspecialty of urology and gynecology which investigates and treats conditions caused by pelvic floor disorders, both surgically and non-surgically. The pelvic floor consists of muscles and connective tissues that support the internal organs in the pelvis, including:
If subjected to excessive strain, these muscles and tissues can weaken and tear, which means the pelvic floor can’t support the pelvic organs as effectively as it should, resulting in pain, incontinence, prolapse, which is when organs drop down or fall out of place, and other serious complications.
The doctors at Osceola Gynecology have certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, earned from training that they completed in addition to their OB/GYN certification. As a result, they have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat all conditions related to pelvic floor disorder.
What causes pelvic floor disorder?
Anything that causes significant strain to the pelvic floor can lead to PFD. Common causes include:
- Strenuous activity, particularly when repeated regularly
- Chronic disease
- Pelvic surgery
- Repeated heavy lifting
You may be more likely to experience PFD if you are a smoker. Genetics are also a factor. You can help prevent PFD by performing Kegel exercises to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong and resistant to strain.
What problems can pelvic floor disorder cause?
PFD can cause problems with any of the organs that the pelvic floor supports, and can lead to:
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Problems passing urine or moving the bowels
- Overactive bladder
- Fistulas, holes developing between the vagina and the rectum, urethra, or bladder
- Prolapse of one or more of the pelvic organs
PFD often causes pain in the lower back, pelvis, bladder, or urethra, sometimes in combination.
What treatments are available for pelvic floor disorder?
The treatment options prescribed for you depend on the specific problems your PFD is causing, and your doctor discusses the appropriate treatment for your condition at your consultation. Non-surgical approaches include:
- Behavioral management for urinary incontinence
- Electrical stimulation, or E-stim
- Pelvic floor re-education
- Physical therapy
- Urge suppression training
There’s also a range of surgical options such as:
- Artificial bowel sphincter
- Minimally invasive hysterectomy
- Sacral nerve stimulation
- Reconstruction of the urethra
The surgeons at Osceola Gynecology take every measure to ensure you receive the most beneficial care according to your individual needs. If you’re suffering from this painful and frustrating disorder, call the clinic today or book an appointment online.