Whether you are experiencing discomfort due to childbirth or have recently developed troublesome symptoms resulting from heavy lifting, pelvic floor ailments can significantly decrease your quality of life. A urologist gynecologist—also known as a urogynecologist—is a specialist helping women with pelvic floor disorders, may be able to diagnose, and treat your conditions, to make you healthier. Below, let’s examine this highly specialized medical doctor in more detail and better understand how a urogynecologist may be able to help.
What is a Urologist Gynecologist?
Many women are familiar with a gynecologist, a doctor who specializes in reproductive organs for women. A gynecologist will help with issues related to childbirth, menopause, fertility concerns, or women’s health. Comparatively, a urologist examines the urinary tract and helps with conditions connected to bladder health.
Raul Fernandez-Crespo MD clarifies that a urogynecologist helps with conditions that focus on the pelvic floor. This specialized doctor understands many diseases related to prolapse, incontinence, and common pelvic floor disorders that women suffer from. A urogynecologist is a highly specialized doctor the helps women with common ailments, which can significantly improve their quality of life.
What Conditions Do They Treat?
Because a urologist gynecologist is a specialist of both the reproductive organs and the organs involved with the urinary tract, this specialist can treat various conditions. Most commonly, these are referred to as pelvic floor conditions. They can include common conditions including:
- Urinary tract infections
- Stress incontinence
- Prolapse of the bladder, cervix, or uterus
- Pelvic floor injuries to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments
Many of these conditions can be treated with a range of options, which are customized to the individual patient. Both surgical and non-surgical treatment options are available and vary depending on the patient, symptom, and severity of the condition. At both CHWC Bryan Hospital and CHWC Archbold Medical Center, a range of treatment options and procedures are available.
How Are Pelvic Floor Conditions Developed?
Most commonly, but not always, women develop pelvic floor conditions as a result of childbirth. Having a C-section, vaginal birth, or having multiple children can all lead to common disorders and conditions. Of course, obesity, genetics, prior surgeries, and strenuous activity can also lead to pelvic floor disorders unrelated to childbirth.
What Should I Expect At My Appointment?
Every appointment will be different based on your symptoms and medical history. When you arrive for your exam, expect to have a lengthy discussion with your doctor regarding your symptoms. Your doctor will ask about your medical and personal history to better create a diagnosis.
Most appointments will include a physical exam that is similar to the exam you receive at a gynecologist appointment. Be prepared for a physical exam involving your pelvic region. Following a physical exam, your doctor may order further diagnostic tests to help diagnose your symptoms. These can include imaging tests, blood work, or other examinations.
Do I Need a Referral?
While a referral can be helpful to make an appointment with our urogynecology specialists, it is not required. Visiting your primary care provider and explaining your symptoms is the best way to get a referral. To schedule directly with our urogynecology team, call the CHWC Urology Clinic at 419-633-7596.