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Pelvic Health Center

Washington DC Pelvic Floor Disorder Specialists

The Center for Pelvic Health at The GW Medical Faculty Associates is a unique program where urologists, colorectal surgeons, and gynecologists work together to treat bladder and bowel control problems. Patients are active participants in attaining an accurate diagnosis and determining the best treatment program to meet their needs.

The multi-disciplinary team of specialists treats the full range of incontinence problems, including complex cases. Problems with incontinence can be difficult to identify. The Center for Pelvic Health’s unique approach combines the knowledge of physicians from different specialties to diagnose problems and offer customized treatment options. After treatment patients can expect to return to daily life activities with confidence.

Restoring Bladder and Bowel Control

The loss of bladder or bowel control is more than embarrassing. Uncontrolled leaks of urine or feces make maintaining good hygiene and a normal lifestyle a challenge. While millions of women and men experience incontinence, many people suffer in silence. Many believe the loss of control is a normal part of aging, or the only available treatment options require painful surgery.

Incontinence can affect people of all ages, but it is more common in women. A range of treatment options are available, including therapies that don’t require surgery. The right combination of physicians can provide an accurate diagnosis and lead to the most appropriate treatments to restore bladder and bowel function.

What Causes Disorders of the Pelvic Floor?

The muscles and connective tissue that supports the pelvic organs—the bladder, bowel, rectum, and urethra—are called the pelvic floor. This sling of muscles and tissue are designed to support the pelvic organs throughout an individual’s life. When the pelvic floor becomes weaken or injured, the result can be embarrassing leakage, loss of bladder and bowel control, and also pelvic organ prolapse.

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Patient Stories

  • Weight Loss Surgery Success - Chuck Carroll

    At my heaviest, I weighed 420 pounds with a 66-inch waist and wore a size 6XL shirt. Walking up a single flight of stairs took every ounce of energy I had while walking across the street felt as though I had run a marathon. I couldn’t even fit in a regular chair. Flash forward nearly 10 years and I am 275 pounds lighter! I proudly shop off the rack for 32-inch waist pants and small shirts. And I don’t just walk up the stairs now, ...

  • Tiffany’s Bariatric Surgery Story

    Making the decision to have Gastric Bypass Surgery in 2016 was one of the toughest, but best decisions I have made in my life. At my heaviest I was 340+ pounds and I felt defeated, ashamed, lonely, and depressed. Anytime I would walk past a mirror I would just want to cry and hide. Now almost two years later I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life. I can climb a flight (or four) of stairs without feeling like I’ll ...

  • A Patient's Story

    Battling high blood pressure and immobility, Arlene knew she had to lose weight. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she turned to our surgical weight loss providers for gastric bypass to jump start her journey to improved health. Listen to her story.