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.