4 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Your Pelvic Health

Written by Editorial Staff Category: Health & Fitness Issue: October 2018
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Dr. Ali Azadi of Star Urogynecology, Advanced Pelvic Health Institute for Women answers the four questions you always wanted to know (but were too afraid to ask) about your pelvic health.

 

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Q: My pelvic health isn’t a topic I bring up to my girlfriends during happy hour. How common are issues like pain, incontinence or prolapse?

A: One in every three women can be affected during her lifetime with pelvic floor problems such as prolapse of bladder, uterus, rectum and vaginal vault (after a hysterectomy), as well as urinary and fecal incontinence. These conditions often interfere with daily activities. At Star Urogynecology, Advanced Pelvic Health Institute for Women, we offer numerous treatments and help each unique patient choose the best options.

Q: Aren’t pelvic problems just the typical symptoms of getting older? Are there really procedures that can fix these issues?

A: Unfortunately, these conditions are often ignored and assumed to be part of normal life. However, you don’t have to suffer through them. There are tons of options that can get you back to living your best life. We specialize in treating pelvic floor problems such as urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, overactive bladder, pain during intercourse, bladder conditions such as interstitial cystitis and fistula, and more.

Q: What treatments are available at Star Clinic? Do they all require major surgery?

A: While these treatments have a major positive impact, they don’t require extensive time or discomfort. Let’s say you’re suffering from an overactive bladder. After a simple Botox® injection, you can resume your daily activities the day of the treatment. We also specialize in pelvic surgery using natural tissue instead of synthetic mesh. The main advantage of natural tissue is that it incorporates into your body and absorbs, while augmenting and reinforcing the repair similar to synthetic material. We also can help manage complications – including pelvic pain, mesh erosion and an overactive bladder – that arise from previous mesh surgeries. One of our most novel treatments is sacral neuromodulation, or nerve stimulation, to help treat pelvic floor disorders such as urinary urgency and frequency, urinary incontinence, incomplete bladder emptying (retention) and fecal incontinence. It’s like a “pacemaker” for your bladder and bowel that stimulates the pelvic nerves (third sacral nerve root) to function correctly. We offer an in-office test to evaluate the results.

Q: I’d love to learn more. Can I schedule a consultation at Star Clinic?

A: We’d love to chat with you about your treatment options. At Star Clinic, our extensive extra years of training and board certification in urogynecology allow us to counsel our patients extensively and empower them to make the best informed decision to restore their quality of life. Call us at 623-271-8666 to make an appointment. 

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