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Urogynecology

Highest level of care for women’s bladder and bowel problems

Our urogynecologists are trained to diagnose and treat common women’s bladder and bowel problems. These conditions affect many women in the United States.

At IU Health, our fellowship-trained and nationally recognized urogynecologists have special expertise to care for your needs.

What is a Urogynecologist?

Urogynecology is a relatively new specialty. It deals with bladder and bowel problems and pelvic floor prolapse in women. A urogynecologist (urogyn) has extra training, education and experience in these disorders. A urogyn does four years of residency training as a general OB/GYN and then three more years of specialty training in this area.

A urogyn provides special expertise to care for your pelvic and bladder problems. In the past, you may have seen your OB/GYN or primary care provider for these types of concerns. But now you have direct access to our experts in this area, who have the specialized training to treat these conditions.

Urogynecology Conditions

We treat many bladder, bowel and pelvic floor disorders and conditions, including:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse (falling of internal organs)
  • Bladder control problems (urinary incontinence)
  • Problems holding bowel movements (fecal incontinence)
  • Pelvic floor pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Difficulty urinating (urinary retention)
  • Recurrent bladder infections

Diagnosing Your Urogynecological Problem

When you have an initial appointment with us, we’ll listen to you and your concerns. We will gather the right information to diagnose, explain and treat your problem. Your consultation will also include a physical exam.

We may need to perform one of the following tests to diagnose your problem:

  • Take samples of blood and urine
  • Cystoscopy (using a scope to look for something blocking the urine)
  • Urodynamics (bladder testing—this is typically a separate appointment)

Urogynecology Procedures

At IU Health, we have a wide range of treatment options to help you. Our treatment focuses on helping you understand your medical problem. We want you to understand the nature of your condition so you will know all the options available to you.

That way, you will play an active role in making decisions about your treatment. We’ll then tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs and situation.

Our fellowship-trained urogynecologists take a ladder approach to your care. That means we’ll look at conservative options first. If medication or surgery is needed, we’ll discuss those options at your consultation.

Surgical Procedures

Surgical options offered by our urogynecologists at IU Health include:

  • Vaginal prolapse repair or vagina vault suspension
  • Bladder repair (anterior colporrhaphy)
  • Rectal repair or enterocele repair (posterior colporrhaphy)
  • Urinary stress incontinence sling repair
  • Perineoplasty
  • Diva laser therapy for internal vaginal changes, such as vaginal dryness, irritation, atrophy, painful intercourse or lichen sclerosus

Our Approach to Urogynecology Care

What is a Urogynecologist?

Urogynecology is a relatively new specialty. It deals with bladder and bowel problems and pelvic floor prolapse in women. A urogynecologist (urogyn) has extra training, education and experience in these disorders. A urogyn does four years of residency training as a general OB/GYN and then three more years of specialty training in this area.

A urogyn provides special expertise to care for your pelvic and bladder problems. In the past, you may have seen your OB/GYN or primary care provider for these types of concerns. But now you have direct access to our experts in this area, who have the specialized training to treat these conditions.

Urogynecology Conditions

We treat many bladder, bowel and pelvic floor disorders and conditions, including:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse (falling of internal organs)
  • Bladder control problems (urinary incontinence)
  • Problems holding bowel movements (fecal incontinence)
  • Pelvic floor pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Difficulty urinating (urinary retention)
  • Recurrent bladder infections

Diagnosing Your Urogynecological Problem

When you have an initial appointment with us, we’ll listen to you and your concerns. We will gather the right information to diagnose, explain and treat your problem. Your consultation will also include a physical exam.

We may need to perform one of the following tests to diagnose your problem:

  • Take samples of blood and urine
  • Cystoscopy (using a scope to look for something blocking the urine)
  • Urodynamics (bladder testing—this is typically a separate appointment)

Urogynecology Procedures

At IU Health, we have a wide range of treatment options to help you. Our treatment focuses on helping you understand your medical problem. We want you to understand the nature of your condition so you will know all the options available to you.

That way, you will play an active role in making decisions about your treatment. We’ll then tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs and situation.

Our fellowship-trained urogynecologists take a ladder approach to your care. That means we’ll look at conservative options first. If medication or surgery is needed, we’ll discuss those options at your consultation.

Surgical Procedures

Surgical options offered by our urogynecologists at IU Health include:

  • Vaginal prolapse repair or vagina vault suspension
  • Bladder repair (anterior colporrhaphy)
  • Rectal repair or enterocele repair (posterior colporrhaphy)
  • Urinary stress incontinence sling repair
  • Perineoplasty
  • Diva laser therapy for internal vaginal changes, such as vaginal dryness, irritation, atrophy, painful intercourse or lichen sclerosus

Urogynecology Research & Education

At IU Health, we provide you the highest quality care possible. And we do this in an atmosphere that’s designed to improve future treatment for women as well.

We’re home to the first accredited Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Fellowship program in the nation. With this program, we are training the next generation of urogynecologists. Our fellows train for three years. During this time, they provide patient care and conduct research in this specialty area during their training.

Why IU Health for Urogynecology

Urogynecology Research & Education

At IU Health, we provide you the highest quality care possible. And we do this in an atmosphere that’s designed to improve future treatment for women as well.

We’re home to the first accredited Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Fellowship program in the nation. With this program, we are training the next generation of urogynecologists. Our fellows train for three years. During this time, they provide patient care and conduct research in this specialty area during their training.

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