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Pelvic Health for Women

Incontinence. Bowel troubles. Pain during intercourse. Pelvic pain disorders can be embarrassing. They’re also very common, affecting up to 50 percent of women. Fortunately, they are also highly treatable. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Center for Women’s Pelvic Health, you receive quality care to help you feel better. We treat you with discretion and compassion.

Pelvic health services at Allegheny Health Network: why choose us?

At AHN, we specialize in women’s health. That’s why we offer a women’s health center staffed by highly trained physicians devoted solely to pelvic floor disorders. We work closely with OB-GYN, behavioral health, physical therapy, urology, gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, and urogynecology staff to provide comprehensive, quality care.

At AHN, you can expect:

  • Expertise: AHN physicians were among the first in the country to earn certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, a designation awarded by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Our urogynecologists also receive specialized training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
  • Convenience: Our pelvic floor physicians, nurses, and staff offer treatment at multiple locations throughout the community, so care is convenient and fits into your busy life.
  • Advanced care: We offer a broad spectrum of minimally invasive corrective surgeries for pelvic floor disorders so you have quicker recovery time. This means you feel better, faster, and can get back to work and family.

The AHN center for women’s pelvic health: conditions we treat

AHN provides women-focused care for pelvic floor conditions that can affect you throughout the life cycle. Common conditions we treat include:

  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Frequent and urgent need to urinate
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Vaginal prolapse (fullness or bulging)
  • Female sexual issues
  • Pelvic pain (endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, chronic pain syndromes)
  • Vaginal stenosis or non-functional vagina, a narrowing of vaginal diameter and length requiring corrective surgery
  • Mesh erosion, eroded slings, surgical complications
  • Developmental variations requiring corrective surgery
  • Pudendal neuropathy, damage to the pelvic nerves resulting in chronic pelvic pain or other pelvic floor disorders

Specialized, non-invasive pelvic floor treatment options at AHN

We focus on non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment options for the pelvic floor whenever possible. These treatments offer you a quicker recovery time so you can return to your daily life. Sophisticated, minimally invasive treatments include:

  • Transurethral bulking, a non-invasive procedure that strengthens the urethra’s walls to prevent incontinence.
  • InterStim® therapy, which is similar to a “pacemaker” for the bladder. An electrode is placed alongside the nerve that stimulates the bladder to control leakage. This procedure can also treat fecal incontinence.
  • Posterior tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS), an outpatient procedure where an electrode is placed on the ankle, stimulating nerves through the leg into the pelvis to control urinary urgency and incontinence. 

For Women’s Health services in the Erie region, visit our Erie Locations pages or Find a Doctor near you.