What are Treatment Options for Pelvic Floor Disorders?
Treatments will vary depending on the type of pelvic floor disorder. The specialists at Northwestern Medicine will offer all the latest non-surgical and surgical treatments and will help tailor a treatment plan based on the severity of each woman’s condition and her preferences for treatment. Frequently simple interventions and lifestyle changes can improve patient’s symptoms and quality of life.
Treatments for pelvic floor disorders include:
Diagnostic and Clinical Services are Offered at the Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program?
Other Clinical Services at the Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program
Urogynecologists in Northwestern Medicine Women's Integrated Pelvic Health Program offer two additional distinctive clinical programs for special groups women with pelvic floor conditions.
Peripartum Evaluation and Assessment of the Pelvic Floor around Delivery (PEAPOD) Clinic:
Childbirth and pregnancy are some of the most significant risk factors for developing pelvic floor disorders. As a result, under the leadership of Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp, we developed a specialized clinical and research program to offer prevention and early intervention for women who sustain obstetric pelvic floor injuries. We demonstrated improved patient satisfaction and outcomes in women who receive care in a specialized center with FPMRS specialists after obstetric anal sphincter injuries, and we have on-going protocols to study prevention programs for pelvic floor disorders around time of childbirth and to improve outcomes in women who sustain pelvic floor injuries at delivery.
Transition Urogynecology Clinic for Women with Congenital Anomalies:
Our close relationship with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital positioned the FPMRS faculty to work jointly with expert pediatric surgeons to develop a nationally recognized program to care for young women with complex congenital anomalies. Increasing numbers of women who underwent complex surgery for cloacal and bladder exstrophy are transitioning to adulthood with unique urologic, obstetric, and gynecologic needs.
The FPMRS physicians, under the leadership of Dr. Mueller, work cooperatively with pediatric surgeons from Lurie to provide comprehensive care plans for these women. By evaluating these young women together, trainees in FPMRS and pediatric surgery will go on to establish similarly, much-needed programs.
The FPMRS and pediatric surgical faculty also work collaboratively to optimize the evaluation and reconstructive surgical care for women with congenital anomalies of the genitourinary tract.