Northwestern Medicine Women's Integrated Pelvic Health Program
At least 1 in 4 women reports discomfort and a negative impact on her quality of life from a pelvic floor disorder, including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary tract symptoms or incontinence, and fecal incontinence.
Moreover, nearly 1 in 5 women will undergo surgery for a pelvic floor disorder with a 30 percent risk of needing repeat surgery. With the increased prevalence of pelvic floor disorders with aging, treatment for women with these disorders is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next 40-years—from 28 million in 2010 to 43 million in 2050.
Northwestern’s Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program provides a unique opportunity to deliver comprehensive health care for women with pelvic floor disorders from a range of specialists, including Urogynecologists, Urologists, Colorectal Surgeons, and Physical therapists.
We are proud to offer a transdisciplinary approach in which specialists from different disciplines work jointly to develop innovative, integrated care plans that move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address common pelvic floor problems.
Both the physicians and facilities offer state of the art resources to ensure the highest quality evaluation, medical and surgical care to women with incontinence and prolapse.
Our internationally renowned faculty members are among the first specialists recognized by the American Boards of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery and provide comprehensive clinical care and minimally invasive surgical treatments for pelvic floor disorders, childbirth injury, complications from gynecologic surgery (fistulas), and congenital genitourinary disorders.
We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment at two fully equipped clinical sites: Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Lake Forest Hospital with a Central DuPage Hospital location coming soon.
Our program is a national model for treatment, research, and education in female pelvic floor disorders. Women can benefit from the latest treatments and participate in clinical research trials for urinary incontinence, bowel control problems, and pelvic organ prolapse.
We strive to improve the quality of life for women with pelvic health disorders and to provide an exceptional standard of care. Many women are taught to accept these disorders and their symptoms as a normal part of aging or suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed to speak with their doctors. At Northwestern Medicine, we are seeking to change this.
As an academic center, we believe that research and education are keys to propelling new knowledge. We are working to translate promising research advances into more effective treatment approaches and prevention strategies for our patients. We place a high priority on providing educational opportunities in an interactive and collaborative environment.
We are training academic leaders in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and we expect our fellowship graduates to advance healthcare for women as surgeon-scientists who not only provide outstanding clinical and surgical care but also serve as inspiring mentors and educators.