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Reston Hospital Center is proud to offer a multidisciplinary resource with a comprehensive, women-centered approach to women with pelvic floor disorders.
Women of all ages and races can suffer from bladder and pelvic floor disorders. The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs — the bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum. The pelvic floor can be weakened by a combination of factors such as childbirth, heavy lifting, the effects of menopause and aging, and other chronic medical and neurologic conditions. Although problems do become more common with advancing age, even young women can be affected.
A urogynecologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. These physicians complete their residencies in urology or obstetrics and gynecology followed by a fellowship in urogynecology. In addition to our urogynecologists, gynecologists, urologists, colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, neurologists, and physical therapists all play a role in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders.
Reasons to Visit Urogynecologist at Reston Hospital Center
Referrals to urogynecologists are typically made through a patient’s primary care physician or gynecologist and are based on the symptoms of bladder and pelvic floor disorders including:
- Leaking of urine or stool
- Difficulty with bowel movements
- Pelvic pain or pressure
Pelvic floor disorders significantly compromise the quality of women’s lives, which may result in depression, social isolation, and avoidance of physical and sexual activity due to discomfort and embarrassment.
Condition We Treat
In a private, confidential setting, treatment is available for all of the following conditions:
- Urinary incontinence (leaking of urine)
- Fecal incontinence (passing of gas or stool involuntarily)
- Pelvic organ prolapse (weakening of pelvis muscles)
- Dropping of uterus, bladder, rectum, or intestine
- Pelvic pain
- Overactive bladder symptoms
- Voiding disorders such as urine retention
- Neurogenic voiding disorders
Reston Hospital Center offers patients a comprehensive blend of services to bring relief for the conditions listed above. Surgery options are often performed robotically or through advanced minimally invasive technique and include:
- Placement of midurethral or pubovaginal slings
- Burch Urethroplexy
- Urethral bulking agents
- Sacral neurmodulation
- Anterior prolapse repair/cystocele repair
- Posterior prolapse repair/retrocele repair
- Vaginal suspension (via uterosacral colpoplexy, sacrocolpoplexy,sacrospinous ligament fixation)
- Uterine suspension
- Enterocele repair
Sometimes pelvic tissues are so weak that they require additional support from the use of grafts (biologic materials) or mesh (synthetic materials). If this is needed, your surgeon will discuss that with you.
Our goal is to restore function and improve quality of life for every woman. To do this we use the most current research and clinical standards to create individualized treatment plans that may include behavioral, medical, non-surgical, and surgical options.