The Pelvic Floor Health Center is a multidisciplinary program that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of defecation disorders and other disorders of the pelvic floor, including fecal incontinence, constipation, rectovaginal fistulas, pelvic organ prolapse and neurogenic bowel disorders. We offer a comprehensive approach with coordinated medical and surgical management of pelvic floor dysfunction, supported by an expert nursing team. Our surgeons provide the most advanced care available, including minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery, as well as highly specialized pelvic health physical therapy. A multidisciplinary approach is especially helpful for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and previous surgical intervention, pelvic floor trauma and/or obstetrics injury during vaginal delivery.
What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and connective tissue in the pelvic area. These muscles help to support organs in your pelvis like a sling. The organs in this area include the bladder, vagina, and uterus (women), prostate (men), and rectum (the organ connected to the colon or large intestine). Bowel and bladder emptying are controlled by contracting and relaxing these muscles.
What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
When you are unable to control the muscles in your pelvic floor, this could affect your ability to have a bowel or bladder movement, and this is called pelvic floor dysfunction. This is a fairly common condition that affects both men and women of all ages. Unfortunately, it is vastly undertreated, leaving millions to struggle with life-altering symptoms that can be addressed with appropriate medical treatment. It is important to note that pelvic floor dysfunction and defecation disorders can be successfully treated and that this is not a normal part of aging.
Since pelvic floor dysfunction can result from multiple factors and conditions, we take a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and care. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic technology to help pinpoint causes of your pelvic health dysfunction.
- Anal manometry
- MRI and fluoroscopic defecography
- Endoscopic procedures including colonoscopy and upper endoscopy
- Endoscopic ultrasound