Urogynecology - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Urogynecology

If you find yourself constantly running to the bathroom or dealing with uncomfortable bladder control pads to avoid an embarrassing “leak,” then a urogynecologist may be able to help. Too often, our mothers and grandmothers suffered quietly with these problems. But thankfully, we don’t have to.

According to estimates, one in three American women suffers with a pelvic floor disorder. While these problems are often associated with aging (and childbirth), they can affect women of many different ages, including many younger women.

Our board-certified urogynecologists know that this condition is not an inevitable side effect of aging. In fact, there are treatment options available, and there’s no reason to let it interfere with your quality of life.

Urogynecology is a medical practice area that focuses specifically on problems related to the female pelvic floor. Most commonly, these include urinary or fecal incontinence (“leaking”) and vaginal prolapse, also known as “dropped bladder.”

Treatment Options

Crozer-Keystone offers complete diagnostic evaluation and comprehensive treatment options for problems related to the female pelvic floor, such as urinary incontinence or a dropped bladder.

During the past decade, huge advances in treatment for pelvic floor disorders have occurred and, today, women are offered more effective options than ever before. Our urogynecologists treat these disorders with compassion, care and the latest science. Current options offered include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques

Physical Therapy Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Heightened awareness and advances in medical care are helping many women get the help they need. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Urinary incontinence and certain pelvic pain disorders can be successfully treated with physical therapy.

Crozer-Keystone’s team of female physical therapists are specially trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation. You will initially meet with a therapist to evaluate your medical condition and formulate a plan of care.

All therapy sessions take place on a one-on-one basis, in a private room away from all other therapy patients and activities. Treatment duration is individualized and typically lasts from four to six sessions. The physical therapists work closely with physicians to provide coordination of care.

Physician-Directed Treatment

Treatment can include surgery, medication and/or use of a pessary device placed in the vagina to help support the pelvic organs. Some women who require surgery may be candidates for minimally invasive procedures or robotic procedures.

The physicians of Delaware Valley Urogynecology partner with each individual patient to determine the most effective treatment to help relieve the pain, discomfort and embarrassment associated with a pelvic floor disorder.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our fellowship-trained urogynecologists, please call (610) 338-1810.

To schedule an appointment for pelvic floor rehabilitation, call 610-328-8800.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the pelvic floor?

The term “pelvic floor” refers to the group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the opening of a woman’s pelvis. These muscles, together with their surrounding tissues, keep all of the pelvic organs in place so that the organs can function correctly. A pelvic floor disorder occurs when the pelvic muscles and connective tissue in the pelvis weaken or are injured as a result of childbirth, aging or illness.

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a pelvic floor disorder that may involve a loss of bladder control due to activities such as lifting, exercise or excessive coughing. Many women also suffer from an overactive bladder, which causes an urgent need to urinate frequently.

What is vaginal prolapse?

Vaginal prolapse is another disorder with symptoms that include a vaginal bulge that you can feel or see, pressure or the feeling of something falling from the vagina, low back pain, difficulty urinating, changes in urine stream and increased frequency and urgency of urination.

At what age do these problems typically occur?

Many women believe that urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse only happen to older women. This is a common misperception; women can start experiencing symptoms as young as their thirties. Incontinence and prolapse are understandably embarrassing but not uncommon conditions, and can be effectively treated even in these very early stages.

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