Urogynecology

Incontinence (loss of bladder or bowel control) and other pelvic  floor disorders are uncomfortable and embarrassing, but they’re also common. A urogynecologist — a specialist in women’s pelvic floor disorders — can help.

At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), our urogynecologists focus solely on women’s pelvic floor care and work closely with other specialties including physical therapy, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, and urology.

Urogynecology services at Allegheny Health Network: Why choose us?

Women who choose AHN for treatment of their pelvic floor disorders receive compassionate, specialized treatment. You can expect:

  • Highly focused care: The AHN Center for Women’s Pelvic Health is home to physicians with specialized training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. They are experienced at identifying pelvic floor conditions and using advanced treatment options.
  • Sophisticated surgery alternatives: We offer noninvasive, specialized alternatives to surgery, including pelvic floor physical therapy, prosthetic devices, medications, and lifestyle modifications.
  • Minimally invasive treatment: At AHN, we want you to feel better with minimal disruption to your life. Our minimally invasive surgical options offer reduced recovery time.
  • Convenience: You can choose from several facilities close to home and throughout western Pennsylvania, so you can begin treatment quickly and more easily.

Pelvic floor disorders we treat at AHN

At AHN, we treat a broad spectrum of pelvic floor disorders. We offer a wide variety of care, including minimally invasive treatments to help you feel better, faster. We can help women with conditions such as:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse: Vaginal bulge or vaginal pressure that may involve organs such as your bladder, rectum, bowel, or uterus.
  • Urinary incontinence: Loss of bladder control, including stress or urge incontinence and overactive bladder.
  • Urinary retention or incomplete bladder emptying.
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections: Recurrent infections that affect the kidneys, bladder, ureters (tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder), or urethra (tube leading from the bladder outside the body).
  • Fecal incontinence: Loss of bowel (intestine) control.
  • Bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis: Urinary frequency, urgency, burning, pressure, and pain.
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction: Overactivity of the pelvic floor muscles, causing vaginal pain, painful intercourse, and pain with activities.
  • Chronic pelvic pain: Pain in the pelvis, bladder, or bowels.
  • Vaginal stenosis or non-functional vagina: A narrowing of vaginal diameter and length requiring corrective surgery.
  • Mesh erosion and other mesh-related complications.

Symptoms and causes of pelvic floor disorders

We work with you every step of the way to evaluate and treat your symptoms, which may include:

  • Vaginal bulge or pressure
  • A frequent need to urinate
  • Urinary leakage when you sneeze, cough, or laugh
  • Overactive bladder (Uninary urgency incontinence)
  • Pelvic pain
  • Feeling that you need to have several bowel movements during a short period of time
  • Constipation or straining, feeling that you can’t complete a bowel movement
  • Painful urination
  • Pain during intercourse

Although the causes of pelvic floor disorders are often unknown, some factors may increase the risk of developing one, including:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Obesity
  • Chronic constipation
  • Age
  • Radiation therapy to treat gynecological cancers
  • Prior pelvic surgery

Specialized treatment for pelvic floor disorders

We provide nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical treatment options for pelvic floor disorders, such as:

  • Minimally invasive vaginal surgery
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic/robotic surgery
  • Therapies to treat stress urinary incontinence such as midurethral sling and transurethral bulking
  • Therapies to treat overactive bladder, urinary urgency, frequency and urge incontinence, including nerve stimulation (sacral neuromodulation therapy, PTNS) and intravesical onabotulinumtoxinA injections

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN gynecological services.