Female Urology, Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Spectrum Health offers expertise in a unique subspecialty here in West Michigan. Our specialists treat pelvic floor disorders, prolapse, urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction, as well as related conditions. We want women to feel comfortable seeking treatment for these conditions, which can often be embarrassing or limiting to your daily activities.
Urinary Incontinence Treatment Options
Lack of bladder control is a common problem for women following pelvic surgery or childbirth. Fortunately, there are new medications, non-surgical rehabilitation and minimally invasive treatment options for different types of urinary incontinence.
Before treating urinary incontinence, it is important to understand the root cause. Stress incontinence and urge incontinence have different causes, and therefore respond differently to treatments. Our urogynecologist service offers comprehensive testing, including:
- Urodynamic testing
- Intravenous pyelography
- Electrodiagnostic testing
We offer medical, non-surgical and surgical treatment options for urinary incontinence. Non-surgical rehabilitation may include education, bladder retraining, exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, pessary, diet changes, EMG/biofeedback and medications. Surgical options may include a sling or InterStim bladder stimulation. A minimally invasive outpatient procedure called TVT (tension-free vaginal tape) has extraordinary success rates for women of all ages. It is also an option to repair previous failed surgery.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Prolapse is not a life-threatening condition, but it can cause discomfort and keep you from doing the things you love. When the pelvic organs shift and aren’t fully supported by the tissues in the pelvis, women can feel pressure or pain, most likely in the walls of the vagina.
Options for treating pelvic organ prolapse include:
- Pessary, a temporary device that supports the organs
- Pelvic floor physical therapy, for strengthening and tone of core muscles
- Surgical options
For more information or to make an appointment, contact a Spectrum Health urogynecologist.