Women of all ages can suffer from bladder and pelvic floor disorders (PFD), but they often go untreated because they are assumed to be part of the aging process. The Center for Women’s Pelvic Health at Long Beach Memorial is a new program dedicated to helping women suffering from pelvic floor conditions.
The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs - the bladder, vagina, uterus and rectum. The pelvic floor can be weakened by a combination of factors, such as childbirth, heavy lifting, the effects of menopause and aging, and other chronic medical and neurologic conditions. Although problems do become more common with advancing age, even young women can be affected.
“Pelvic health issues are more common than one might think,” says Jocelyn Craig, M.D., urogynecologist, Center for Women’s Pelvic Health, Long Beach Memorial. “Any woman challenged with a pelvic health disorder knows that these issues can easily affect quality of life, but most women don’t know that many of these issues are treatable.”
The Center for Women’s Pelvic Health at Long Beach Memorial offers comprehensive treatment options for women with pelvic problems, ranging from non-surgical treatments, such as medication, pelvic muscle rehabilitation and intravaginal devices to a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures.
“The Center for Women’s Pelvic Health at Long Beach Memorial offers patients a comprehensive blend of community and hospital-based programs to bring relief for the these conditions,” says Dr. Craig.
Through a network of providers, the Center for Women’s Pelvic Health offers innovative treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction issues. Surgical procedures are provided by skilled pelvic surgeons, including fellowship-trained urogynecologists and PFD-experienced urologists, gynecologists and colorectal specialists. Patients receive personalized treatment plans utilizing the least invasive therapies available.