continence & pelvic health
Urinary incontinence and sexual disorders can be uncomfortable topics. So, at Bon Secours, we take an extra measure of care in handling these cases. If you need help, our health care professionals have the right mix of medical skills, tact and compassion to aid you.
In many cases, urinary incontinence and sexual disorders result from pelvic floor prolapse. This refers to the dropping of female organs, such as the bladder, urethra, small intestine, rectum, uterus, or vagina. When prolapse occurs, it also can be referred to as sagging or falling organs. Prolapse can happen at any age in a woman’s life. It can result from pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, genetics or connective tissue diseases, like lupus. Urinary incontinence, the inability to control or hold urine, often accompanies pelvic floor disorders. These occur only in women and may become more common with age.
Urogynecology is a sub-specialty of urology and gynecology. It’s dedicated to caring for and treating women with incontinence or pelvic floor prolapse. The urogynecologists at Bon Secours Virginia specialize in pelvic floor disorders and prolapse. They’ll partner with you so you can make informed decisions and choices about your body. Our goal is to provide exceptional treatment that improves your life.
Our urogynecologists provide comprehensive care in a sensitive and comfortable environment. They’ll work closely with you to evaluate and diagnose your condition. And, they will help plan the most effective treatment, which can range from pelvic floor exercises to surgery. Although surgery may be recommended, our urogynecologists will work with you to see if less invasive methods are possible. If surgery is needed, we offer minimally invasive procedures. These result in less scarring and pain, and quicker recoveries.
Our urogynecologists are experts in all types of incontinence issues and pelvic floor disorders including:
- Fecal incontinence
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence
- Overactive Bladder
- Cystocele, which occurs when the bladder drops
- Rectocele, which occurs when the rectum drops
- Enterocele, which occurs when the vagina and small intestine drop
- Uterine prolapse, which occurs when the uterus drops
Bon Secours Virginia also offers many innovative treatments, including:
- Pelvic Floor exercises, relaxation techniques, and physical therapy
- InterStim implant and Botox for overactive bladder
- Sling procedure
- Peri-urethral bulking
- Pelvic reconstruction surgery
We also have robotic sacrocolpopexy for vaginal or uterine prolapse. This procedure raises a dropped vagina or uterus using an artificial mesh-like material. Traditional open surgery for this procedure left a long abdominal scar and often required a long recovery period. However, with robotic sacrocolpopexy, we use a less invasive method. This is usually less painful, leaves smaller scars, allows for a shorter hospital stay and recovery.
For a list of Bon Secours affiliated urogynecologist and pelvic floor specialists, click here.