Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

A urogynecologist or reconstructive pelvic surgeon is a specially trained obstetrician/gynecologist who treats women with female pelvic floor disorders. Some of the common problems treated by a urogynecologist include: urinary incontinence or leakage, pelvic organ prolapse (dropping of the vagina, uterus, cystocele, rectocele) and overactive bladder. A urogynecologist is qualified to diagnose, treat and surgically repair these conditions. 

We offer expertise in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, a unique subspecialty in West Michigan. Our clinicians are leaders in their field and have dedicated their careers to restoring comfort and normal function for even complex conditions.

Your pelvic floor is the set of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue in your pelvis. It provides support to your pelvic organs (bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum), prevents the pelvic organs from falling down or out of your body, and helps these organs to function properly. When the pelvic floor is weak or damaged (often called a pelvic floor disorder), you may experience: loss of bladder or bowel control; bulging or protrusion of tissue from the vagina; difficulty urinating or moving the bowels; a frequent need to void; and bladder pressure, urgency or difficulty holding back urine.

Our urogynecologists take a whole-person approach to female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, offering personalized treatment plans that combine a unique blend of technical expertise, comprehensive office evaluation and testing along with multiple options for nonsurgical and surgical treatments. Our specialists also collaborate with other teams including gynecologic oncology, colorectal services and pelvic floor physical therapy.

 

Our urogynecology team can help with:

  • Fistula (abnormal hole between the vagina, rectum, or bladder)
  • Incontinence (accidental loss of urine or stool)
  • Minimally invasive vaginal & robotic surgery
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Pelvic floor physical therapy
  • Pessary management
  • Prolapse (vaginal bulge or pressure often called cystocele, rectocele, or uterine prolapse)
  • Urethral diverticulum
  • Vaginal and pelvic mesh complications

“Accidental bladder or bowel leakage can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing for many women. You may feel like you need to give up exercising, going to social functions or even leaving the house. We are here to provide you with a comfortable place to talk about the treatments available to regain your ability to achieve your best life.” 

Beth Leary, MD, Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Spectrum Health Medical Group

To learn more about treating pelvic floor issues and symptoms call 616.391.3304.

 

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