Women with pelvic floor dysfunction can find help at the UI Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Service. The pelvic floor can be damaged by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or surgery.
Bladder and bowel problems may include:
There are several options for treating incontinence. Pelvic muscle exercises or “Kegel” exercises involve tightening the muscles that help to support the pelvic organs, including the bladder. These muscles are often weak, which can contribute to incontinence and pelvic prolapse. Many women have difficulty isolating the correct muscle. Our trained physical therapists assist you in learning the correct exercise techniques and prescribing an individualized exercise program.
Prolapse conditions may include:
Pessaries are silicone rubber devices placed in the vagina to help support the prolapsed vagina, bladder, rectum, or uterus. When properly fitted and cared for, pessaries can be worn comfortably and safely for many years. Surgery may also be recommended to correct a prolapse.
Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive care is also available at our Quad Cities location.
Surgeons at UI Hospitals and Clinics use robot-assisted surgery technology extensively, performing many procedures previously carried out by means of open surgery. The state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic systems give surgeons greater range of motion and more precise control of instruments.
Several of our urogynecology services will be available for patients at Iowa River Landing. Located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242), UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing offers patients easy access, free parking, several amenities, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care.