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The urogynecologists on the medical staff at Baylor Plano are here to help women facing the following issues:
Complex fistulae: A fistula is an abnormal or surgically made passageway between an organ and the body surface, or between two organs. For example, a fistula can connect a woman's vagina to the bladder, which cause urine to leak from the vagina and can lead to vaginal and bladder infections. Fistulas may also develop between the vagina and the large intestine. Surgical treatments are available.
Female sexual dysfunction: For women who are lacking interest in sex, can’t become aroused or experience an orgasm, or have pain during intercourse, there are nonmedication and medication treatment options.
Painful bladder syndrome: Also called interstitial cystitis (IC), painful bladder syndrome is characterized by recurring pain in the bladder and pelvic region. Depending on the circumstances, pain can range from mild discomfort to intense pain. Symptoms also include an urgent or frequent need to urinate, or both. Lifestyle changes, medications or surgery may be needed.
Pelvic organ prolapse: The muscles and ligaments that support a woman's pelvic organs can weaken. When those organs move out of place, it’s known as prolapse. Options include a pessary or surgery. A pessary is a device like a diaphragm which supports the pelvic organs. At Baylor Plano, prolapse surgery is often performed with the Da Vinci Surgical Robot™. The possible benefits of robotic surgery over traditional surgery include a shorter hospital stay (typically one day instead of three), less blood loss during surgery, a smaller incision, less scarring, and a shorter recovery period (typically three or four weeks instead of six).
Pelvic pain: Pain that occurs in the lower abdominal area can indicate a problem with a woman’s bladder, uterus, ovaries, cervix or vagina, or it might be a sign of an infection. There is a wide range of causes, and treatments vary based on the cause. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, tell your doctor.
Urinary incontinence: Problems with urination are common in women, because pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and the female anatomy can conspire to cause problems. In fact, half of all women struggle with stress incontinence—the involuntary loss of urine that occurs during activities such as exercising, laughing or sneezing—during their lifetimes.
Urinary tract infections: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) commonly involve the bladder, but also less frequently the kidney. Usual symptoms include burning with urination, frequent urination, urgency or pelvic pain. Kidney infections are associated with fever, chills and flank (side) pain. There are successful strategies to help women who experience recurrent UTIs.
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