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Douglass S. Hale, MD, F.A.C.O.G, FACS     |     Michael H. Heit, MD, PhD, FACOG, FACS

What is Urogynecology?

Urogynecology is a fairly new specialty that focuses exclusively on the care of women with pelvic floor dysfunction such as urinary and fecal leakage (bladder or bowel incontinence), bulging or falling of the vaginal tissues (prolapse), trouble urinating or passing bowel movements, and pelvic pain. Urogynecology is sometimes called Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

 

The field of Urogynecology developed in the 1980’s when leading obstetricians and gynecologists observed that the care of women with pelvic floor dysfunction was unsatisfactory and that women with these problems were not receiving the careful attention and effective treatments they deserved.

Watch Dr. Douglass Hale discuss female pelvic floor disorders in this video segment.

Urogynecologists approach the care of women in a holistic and comprehensive manner, understanding that the organs and muscles of the female pelvic floor are inter-related and change over time with events such as childbirth and menopause.

Although some types of pelvic floor dysfunction affect men, pelvic floor dysfunction in general is much more common in women. Nearly 20% of women under age 65 and up to 56% of women over age 65 are affected. On the average, 1 of every 9 women will undergo surgery for pelvic floor dysfunction in her lifetime. Urogynecology exists to improve the care of all these women, offering the best of both non-surgical and surgical treatments.

 

To insure that training for Urogynecologists is of the best quality available, the American Board of OB/GYN and the American Board of Urology have joined to accredit those training programs which meet strict guidelines. These programs are called Fellowships in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and range in length from 2 to 3 years. Fellowship training is in addition to the many years of training already required for a doctor to practice medicine.

 

 

Some additional information can be found in the glossary of terms section.

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1633 North Capitol Avenue. | Indianapolis, IN  46202 | Phone: 317.962.6600 | Fax: 317.962.2049