Pelvic Health Program
You are not alone…
Do you leak when you laugh or cough? Do you feel pressure and discomfort
after a long day of standing on your feet? Do you look for bathrooms everywhere
you go because you are worried you might not get there in time? If you
answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are most certainly
25% of all American women report urinary leakage or pelvic discomfort which has a negative impact on their quality of life.
50% of women with pelvic floor disorders or incontinence do not discuss
these problems with their doctors. These disorders tend to become more and more common as women age. They
can be related to childbirth or other medical conditions. It may seem
like everyone you know has similar problems, but that doesn’t mean
it is normal or should be tolerated. You don’t have to live with
incontinence, pelvic discomfort or pads.
FMH has created a multidisciplinary pelvic health program designed to help
you put an end to the leaks and discomfort. Pelvic health problems can
have complex causes, but we’ve brought together a team of specialists
who work collaboratively to provide the proper diagnostic tests and treatment.
Your coordinated treatment team might include but is not limited to:
- Primary care physicians
- Colon-rectal surgeons
- Pain management specialists
- Physical therapists.
That long list of specialists might sound intimidating, but you won’t
have to manage all of those appointments on your own. Our Women’s
Health Navigator will be your advocate from day one.The navigator, works
closely with each patient to help determine the best course of action
for her specific condition, and facilitates communication with providers
who offer these specialized services and the highest quality care. The
navigator’s role is to assist in coordinating this care, and help
guide the patient through the process of evaluation, treatment and resolution.
This navigator benefit is free of charge to all patients.
What types of problems does the program treat?
Some of the conditions that can be evaluated and treated include:
- Leakage of stool or urine
- Relaxation or dropping of the uterus, bladder, vagina or rectum
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Urinary frequency
- Pain with intercourse
- Heavy or frequent bleeding
- Interstitial cystitis
How can you be helped?
Treatments might include medications, physical therapy and/or surgery.
The multidisciplinary team can handle a wide range of concerns, using
the most up-to-date and minimally invasive therapies and surgeries. Procedures
can be done vaginally, laparoscopically and robotically; all methods that
produce the best quality results, while shortening any necessary hospital
stay and/or recovery time.
What should you do now?
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Women’s Health
Navigator at 240-215-1447. She is standing by to assist you on your path
to better health.