Pelvic Health

St. Luke's Pelvic Health Services

An Integrated Approach to Continence, Pelvic Pain and Sexual Wellness

When most women think of their pelvic health, they usually think of gynecologic health involving the ovaries, cervix and uterus.  However, pelvic health is so much more.

St. Luke's pelvic health services focus on ways to ensure life-long complete pelvic health, including:

  • Pelvic wellness
  • Evaluating and treating conditions of the lower urinary tract
  • Medical issues such as vaginal support and anal and rectal function

For more information, call St. Luke's InfoLink toll-free at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537).

When the Pelvic Floor Weakens

The pelvic floor consists of a group of muscles and connective tissue that may weaken because of childbirth, aging, obesity, smoking and chronic straining or lifting. Weakened pelvic floor muscles can lead to medical conditions such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and sexual dysfunction. Symptoms may include:

  • Pelvic pressure or discomfort
  • Involuntary loss of urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty with bowel movements
  • Loss of vaginal sensation

Pelvic Conditions Treated

St. Luke's provides care for a wide variety of medical conditions including:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary urgency and overactive bladder
  • Fecal incontinence (loss of bowel control)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Disorders of pelvic relaxation
  • Voiding disorders in adults and children
  • Urgency-frequency syndrome
  • Chronic pelvic pain, vulvodynia and vestibulitis
  • Bladder pain and interstitial cystitis
  • Chronic urinary tract infection
  • Dyspareunia and other disorders of sexual function
  • Bedwetting and daytime wetting in children
  • Male incontinence and urinary symptoms

Clinical Expertise

An appointment will be scheduled with the most appropriate doctor depending on your unique symptoms and concerns. St. Luke's provides access to diverse group of specialists and services are coordinated by a team of specialty trained nurses and therapists with expertise in the management of urinary incontinence and pelvic floor problems. They make every effort to work with you to coordinate your care in the most efficient manner.

Testing for Pelvic Health

  • Complex bladder testing (urodynamics) to measure bladder and urethral functions
  • Anal manometry to measure rectal function
  • Anal ultrasound images the anal sphincter muscle involved in bowel and gas control

Therapy for Pelvic Health

  • Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and decrease bladder and bowel urgency
  • Biofeedback and electrical stimulation therapy to help patients to find and effectively work their pelvic floor muscles
  • Fluid and dietary management
  • Bladder retraining or scheduled voids
  • Medication therapy
  • Bladder instillation treatments

Minimally Invasive Procedures

  • PROLIFT, a revolutionary mesh procedure for pelvic floor repair
  • TVT tension-free support, an innovative corrective procedure for incontinence
  • InterStim® therapy for urinary control
  • Procedures to treat fecal incontinence
  • Other procedures would come from the doctors