What is a Urogynecologist?
Specialist doctors in Obstetrics and Gynecology provide care for women of all ages. Female Pelvic Medicine (FEM) focuses on disorders stemming from the loss or damage to pelvic supportive structures such as muscles, ligaments. It also treats issues related to urine flow & percussion within the rectal cavity due to either disease process like cystitis infection, which can lead patients towards surgery after treatment failed.
Because of factors like this, it has created the need for more than one specialist surgeon working together at the same time. In past times, before advances occurred, many people had their ailments referred out, even though there might only be limited understanding about how specific organs functioned together throughout the body’s entire system. A problem with the bladder may be referred to a urologist. A problem with the uterus or ovaries would have been evaluated by a gynecologist and a rectum problem would have been referred to a colorectal surgeon.
When should I see a Urogynecologist?
Pelvic disorders can be embarrassing, but may lead to greater medical complications if left untreated. Symptoms like leaking urine or feces, or vaginal bulges are not just a normal part of aging. You should see a Urogynecologist if you are experiencing:
- Leaking of urine or feces
- Frequent urination or urgency
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Vaginal pain or bulging
- Painful intercourse
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Painful Urination
- Pelvic Pain
There are a variety of options both surgical and non-surgical for restoring your quality of life.
Why should you choose a Board Certified Urogynecologist?
In 2012 The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved board certification for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology). Physicians have to meet strict criteria to be permitted to sit for the board examinations which began in 2013. Once a physician achieves board certification, ongoing education and training are required to maintain certification. By voluntarily committing to this career-long process, board certified doctors play a leadership role in the national movement for health care quality. In fact, the American Board of Medical Specialties cites numerous studies have demonstrated that physicians who are board certified deliver higher quality care and have better patient care outcomes.