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Guided by the expertise of our region's first board certified urogynecologist, Dr. Timothy Chase, the team at Glen Meade Center for Women's Health specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of female incontinence and pelvic floor problems.
Between 20 and 40 percent of women will suffer from a pelvic floor disorder, and some patients suffer for years with symptoms of pelvic floor disorders before they seek help. However, 80-90 percent of women who seek treatment will be cured or see a significant improvement in their symptoms
Our experts use the latest treatments available while also understanding the emotions that can often accompany these conditions and the effect they can have on your quality of life.
Using a variety of non-surgical and surgical approaches to treatment, our providers care for you with compassion, dignity and respect.
Specialized Care for Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Problems
We provide care for the following:
- Urinary incontinence
- Stress incontinence refers to leaking when you cough, sneeze, exercise, or undergo strenuous activities.
- Urge incontinence is when you feel like you have to urinate and can’t get to a bathroom in time or you have to urinate frequently during the night.
- A combination of stress and urge incontinence.
- Pelvic organ prolapse: Patients with prolapse often feel a heaviness in the vagina. They may also have difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement, have urine or stool leakage, and/or bulge coming out of their vagina.
- Bowel control problems: This includes the involuntary loss of liquid or solid stool; the involuntary loss of gas; and constipation.
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Feelings of pain or heaviness in the pelvic area
- Difficulty using the bathroom
- Leaking of urine
Treatments for Pelvic Floor Disorders
Our providers use a number of diagnostic tools to evaluate symptoms and recommend the best treatment options. Treatment options range from non-invasive therapies to surgery.
Non-invasive treatments include:
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Pelvic floor physical therapy, which helps you isolate and strengthen the correct muscles
- Medical devices that are inserted into the vagina to support the pelvic organs.
- Dietary and lifestyle changes such as reducing caffeine and losing weight
- Training the bladder to go on schedule
If non-invasive treatments don’t help, other options include Botox injections into the bladder or neuromodulation, which calms the nerves involved in urination with a mild electrical current.
In some cases, surgery is the best treatment to restore bowel movement control, or to repair the rectum, sphincter muscle, or other structures.
Surgery may also be needed to restore the pelvic floor or repair damaged muscles or tissues.
Many surgical procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques, meaning a short recovery time.