Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health

Urogynecology

Vanderbilt Urogynecology provides state-of-the-art treatments that are tailored for each woman. Our physicians are the only fellowship-trained urogynecologists in Middle Tennessee. And, our highly personalized approach looks at the whole patient with a strong emphasis on the vast array of options available for treatment.


What is Urogynecology?

Urogynecology is the treatment of female pelvic floor disorders. The term “pelvic floor” refers to the group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the opening of a woman’s pelvis. These muscles, together with their surrounding tissues, keep all of the pelvic organs in place so that the organs can function correctly.

A pelvic floor disorder occurs when the pelvic muscles and connective tissue in the pelvis weaken or are injured. An estimated one-third of all U.S. women are affected by one type of pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime.

These disorders may involve pelvic organ prolapse and difficulties with bladder and bowel control. Women often describe prolapse as a vaginal bulge. Bladder problems include urinary frequency – including nighttime frequency and incontinence. Bowel problems may include constipation and fecal incontinence. Because these problems often occur together, evaluating the entire pelvis gives us a more complete picture of the problem.

At Vanderbilt Urogynecology, we work as a team to see that you get the best possible care. We work closely with other specialists in:

  • Urology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Radiology
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