Urogynecology

In our continuous effort to stay at the forefront of the health care needs of our community, we’re thrilled to announce that our own Dr. Hale Stephenson (Greenville OB/GYN) was recently board certified in Urogynecology, a growing sub-specialty of gynecology for the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, such as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs when the pelvic floor is weakened, over-stressed or stretched due to damage caused by pregnancy, obesity, surgery, disease or high-impact activities. Symptoms of pelvic floor disorders include urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic or vaginal pain, or difficulty going to the bathroom.

What Kind of Treatments are Available?

There are a variety of treatment options available, depending on the severity of the issues. They include the following:

  • Medications
  • Pelvic muscle exercises
  • Lifestyle & dietary modifications
  • Vaginal support devices
  • Biodfeedback
  • Electrical stimulation of the pelvic muscles

If these problems persist after non-surgical treatments have been exhausted, surgery may be recommended.

Visit the Greenville OB/GYN web site for information about their urogynecology specialization or to make an appointment.