How Much Do You Know about Pelvic Floor Disorders?
The most common type of pelvic floor disorder is urinary incontinence. A key symptom of urinary incontinence is urine leaking without a woman’s control. Other symptoms might include urgency to urinate, frequent urination, and constant feeling that the bladder is full.
Vaginal prolapse occurs when the pelvic muscle and ligaments fail, allowing the bladder, uterus or bowel to drop down into or even bulge out of the pelvis. Symptoms include a feeling of heaviness or fullness or as if something falling out of the vagina. Bladder and bowel function can be impaired as well when vaginal prolapse occurs.
Pelvic floor disorders can be treated with conservative measures, including simple lifestyle changes such as diet and weight control. Other treatments may include surgery (including minimally invasive techniques), medication, and nerve therapy.
Crozer-Keystone Health System offers a full-service urogynecology practice — Delaware Valley Urogynecology — that is staffed by fellowship-trained physicians and offers several locations throughout Delaware County. A urogynecologist is a physician who earned a medical degree in obstetrics and gynecology, but who also received additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of female pelvic floor disorders.
Services include education, physical therapy (which can include biofeedback, manual therapy, and a range of exercises), electrical stimulation and the latest in surgical technology. Physical therapy services are located at Springfield Hospital and are provided by a licensed physical therapist with an interest in pelvic floor disorders.
Laurie Kane, M.D., and Jose Maceda, M.D., medical director, comprise Delaware Valley Urogynecology. The practice operates out of four convenient locations — Springfield Hospital, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake, and Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Treatment is tailored to each woman’s unique situation.
For more information about Delaware Valley Urogynecology, or to request an appointment with Drs. Maceda or Kane, call (610) 338-1810 or visit http://ckpelvicfloormedicine.crozer.org. The practice is accepting new patients and can offer prompt appointments.