Why Choose Us for Pelvic Floor Disorders Care?
Interdisciplinary, Holistic Care
At the University of Chicago Center for Pelvic Health, we believe that the best approaches to treating pelvic floor disorders stem from a team approach.
Our team, which includes a depth of subspecialists not found at most hospitals, strives to provide patients with a holistic treatment plan that takes into account their medical, emotional and social needs. Our sensitive, caring professionals are committed to helping you achieve a better quality of life, based on your particular preferences.
Our team meets to discuss patients’ treatment plans and review test results as a group. This allows our team to make sure patients receive the proper follow-up to complete their treatment plan, which provides the best outcomes for the patient.
Extensive Surgical Experience
Our treatment team includes experienced surgeons who routinely perform minimally invasive procedures that spare patients large incisions, unnecessary pain and longer recovery times. Many of the procedures used to treat pelvic floor disorders can be performed using these sophisticated approaches, including transvaginal procedures and laparoscopic techniques. During delicate surgeries such as pelvic floor repairs, our surgical team uses a robotic system that allows them to see the patients’ anatomy more easily. More importantly, patients who have robotic surgery have less blood loss, fewer complications and a quicker recovery.
At the Center for Pelvic Health, our surgeons can perform the most complex prolapse surgeries, even on patients who have had previous surgery. We routinely treat patients with recurrent prolapse or incontinence who have not found solutions elsewhere.
Our high-volume center also draws expertise from one of the top urology practices in the country. In addition to treating women, our urology team can help men who may suffer from incontinence related to treatment for prostate, bladder or kidney cancer.
Our team also draws from a nationally recognized gastroenterology and colorectal surgery team, which has gained a reputation for their treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some IBD patients require pelvic floor testing to determine the best treatment approach. In addition, these colorectal surgeons have performed more than 1,000 surgeries on patients with a range of digestive and pelvic floor conditions.
For women who require complex reconstructive procedures to the pelvis, our team includes plastic and reconstructive surgeons who are skilled at rebuilding tissues using advanced surgical techniques that promote wound healing. This can help patients who have a complex disruption of their sphincter and face urinary and fecal incontinence, or who have scarring because of previous surgery or radiation treatment. Our plastic and reconstructive team is also on hand to help women who are interested in pursuing a cosmetic treatment, such as a tummy tuck, at the time of their surgery.
Patients who come to the University of Chicago Center for Pelvic Health benefit from one of the most experienced imaging teams in the country. Physicians and hospitals from around the region send their pelvic floor patients to the University of Chicago Medicine for advanced radiologic testing.