Urogynecology is a medical and surgical sub-specialty of urology and gynecology that involves the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. A urogynecologist is a surgeonwho has specialized training in the care of women with pelvic floor disorders.
Located in the lowest part of the pelvis, the pelvic floor is a set of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that supports a woman’s bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. Pelvic floor disorders can be the result of weakened pelvic muscles or tears in the connective tissue caused by excessive strain on the pelvis due to childbirth, repeated strenuous activity, menopause, chronic disease or pelvic surgery. The pelvic floor can also become weakened by repetitive heavy lifting, tobacco use and genetics—all of which may contribute to the development of a pelvic floor disorder.
At UNM SRMC, our Fellowship-trained urogynecologists treat all types of pelvic floor disorders and the problems that arise due to a damaged pelvic floor, including:
- Urinary Incontinence – loss of bladder control and leakage of urine
- Fecal Incontinence – loss of bowel control and leakage of feces
- Prolapse – pelvic organ prolapse is caused by a descent of the pelvic organs and is characterized by a bulge and/or pressure or a “dropped” uterus, bladder, vagina, or rectum
- Emptying disorders – difficulty urinating or moving bowels
- Overactive Bladder – frequent need to urinate, bladder pressure and urgency/urge incontinence (difficulty holding back urine when the urge to urinate is present)
- Fistulas – abnormal hole between the vagina and rectum, vagina and urethra, or vagina and the bladder
Treatment for pelvic floor disorders is comprised of a wide-range of surgical and non-surgical therapies, including physical therapy, nutritional and behavioral counseling and minimally-invasive surgery techniques.
Making an Appointment
Our Urogynecology Clinic offers appointments every Monday-Wednesday. To make an appointment, please call 505.994.7397.
For your appointment: Please remember to bring relevant medical records (especially prior surgical records) and a current list of all medications. Please fill out the following New Patient and Patient Review forms and bring them with you to your appointment.
For more information about urogynecology and pelvic floor disorders, please visit www.mypelvichealth.org