Urogynecology, or female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, is the specialized practice of treating women with pelvic floor disorder such as pelvic organ prolapse. Working closely with your OB/GYN, urogynecologists delve deeper into women’s issues, with the very same training in obstetrics and gynecology, but have additional training in treating various conditions that affect the pelvic floor and female pelvic organs.
Pelvic Reconstruction: The Drop-Off
Pelvic reconstruction refers to the repair of the pelvic floor muscles so that pelvic organs have the support they need to function properly. In cases where these muscles have failed or become weakened, pelvic organs such as the vagina, the uterus, the rectum, and the bladder drop, causing complications such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and even difficulty emptying the bowels.
Unfortunately, many women face the need for pelvic reconstruction surgery at some point in their life due to the stress of childbirth, menopause, repeated heavy lifting, certain chronic diseases, surgical procedures, and other factors that have caused a great deal of wear and tear on the network of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs. As these muscles fail, the organs drop and can even begin to bulge, which can cause symptoms that interrupt and complicate daily functions including exercise, travel, work, and intercourse.
Fixing the Function
The goal of pelvic reconstruction is to relieve these issues and restore proper function to the organs, which can relieve issues such as urinary incontinence, defecatory dysfunction, and pain in the pelvic region. Some women may find effective solutions for these issues with simple lifestyle changes such as changes in diet, activity level, and use of tobacco and alcohol, however, depending on the severity of the issue and its exact causes. For women who do need pelvic reconstruction, there are options available aside from traditional surgical methods. Much less invasive are laparoscopic surgery and da Vinci surgery, both of which employ the use of tiny incisions and surgical tools whose movements are manipulated by way of computers. Each of these methods is especially ideal for women who fear traditional surgery. Due to their degree of precision, their minimized costs, and their efficiency, laparoscopic surgery, and da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery are becoming the more preferred method of treatment.
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