Pelvic Floor Disorders
Women of all ages and backgrounds suffer the pain and stress of pelvic floor disorders. These common issues, including pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, can result from a serious health condition, a pelvic floor weakened by childbirth, other medical treatments or with age.
Today, innovative treatments have made it easier than ever for women to find an effective solution for complete relief.
The Coyle Institute offers its patients innovative health technologies from Coloplast to relive the physical and emotional pain of commonly experienced urogynecological conditions. These new treatment options have changed women’s lives around the world, offering hope and restoring confidence to women affected by life-altering conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
A woman’s pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum, are held in place by a support system of muscles and tissues called the pelvic floor. When the pelvic floor muscles are weakened, pelvic organs can slip down and bulge out of the vagina.
What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?
Women in the early stages of pelvic organ prolapse may not experience any symptoms, which unfortunately means that the prolapse progresses many women won’t seek treatment until the later stages. In addition to the sensation of feeling an uncomfortable bulge in the vagina, women can experience symptoms such as:
- Urinary incontinence and urgency
- Painful sex
- Pelvic pain
- Lower back pain
How can pelvic organ prolapse be fixed?
Today woman have many surgical and non-surgical options available to treat pelvic prolapse. You and your doctor can help you determine which treatments will be most effective for health, lifestyle and personal preferences. Treatment options can depend on many factors, including the type of prolapse and organs involved, the severity of the symptoms and the patient’s age. All the options, approaches, risks, benefits, and success rates should be considered and discussed with your urogynecologist before deciding on a treatment plan.
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In discussing my pelvic health options, my doctor has mentioned Coloplast. What is it?
Coloplast health products include slings, meshes, and transurethral bulking agents that provide physical support to the vagina, the urethra, the bladder and other pelvic organs when they are affected by weakened pelvic floor muscles. These support systems can provide an alternative for patients who at one time may have required full pelvic reconstruction surgery. Having more options means your urogynecologist can work with you to find the best choice for your unique case and condition.
How can Coloplast treatment help with urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a significant health and quality-of-life concern for women around the world. The condition can cause embarrassment, stress and even cause women to change their entire lives to accommodate the condition. For patients who want to avoid surgery, Coloplast transurethral bulking agents, such as Durasphere, can be injected into the urethra to support the bladder and alleviate symptoms. These simple injections have been proven to be safe and effective alternatives to more invasive, surgical incontinence treatments.
When might my doctor recommend Coloplast products as an option for my treatment?
The options available will depend on each patient’s symptoms and diagnosis. Today, because of innovative Coloplast products, women under the care of a specialist such as a urogynecologist can know that their physician is better equipped and has more treatment programs available than ever before to treat a wide variety of conditions, even in complex cases involving multiple systems.
I feel embarrassed approaching this with my doctor. Will my doctor be surprised or shocked at my problems?
Both pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence are common medical issues. You’re not alone in either your condition or your concerns. You and your doctor will work together to find the best solution for your case so you can go back to living a full, active and pain-free life.
At the Coyle Institute, our urogynecologists look at pelvic health holistically and know how to address issues caused by a weakened pelvic floor. When it comes to your pelvic health, be your own advocate, learn about your options, discuss treatment with your doctor and take control of your future. Call Coyle Institute today to set up your consultation and get on the road to a happier, less stressful life.