In recent years, the treatment options available for pelvic floor dysfunction has expanded; no longer is surgery your best, or even your only option. Physical therapy, behavioral therapy and some nerve stimulation therapy have been proven to effectively treat upwards of 80% of all pelvic floor disorders. For the remaining conditions that are not resolved with other types of therapy, surgery is still available, and recovery time is significantly improved with the use of non-invasive techniques and the daVinci Robotic Surgery System. Learn more about all of the treatment options below.
Physical therapy can range from exercises that help strengthen the pelvic floor region to relaxation techniques to relax you and the pelvic floor muscles. These therapies are intended to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles over time, and can help strengthen weak muscles and relax spasms and knots. Deep tissue massages, trigger point release, heat and cold therapy, and manipulation of the muscles are several treatments available through physical therapy. These types of treatments should always be performed by a certified physical therapist or a physician certified to treat pelvic floor conditions.
Surgical treatments are available if other options fail to treat the condition. Non-invasive procedures are now the norm for many of these procedures. They reduce scaring, swelling and pain, and drastically improve recovery time. Additionally, Greenville OB/GYN and Physicians East proudly offers the daVinci Robotic Surgical System for many pelvic procedures. The daVinci system reduces additional incisions and allows for greater control and dexterity for the physician. Surgical options today are not as intimidating as they once were, and they are now used primarily as a means to treat conditions that are not treatable by other methods.
Pelvic floor disorders can often be treated by changes to your lifestyle. Simple things, such as adjusting your posture or relaxation techniques can help reduce pelvic pain and improve urinary conditions. Because pelvic floor dysfunction has been linked to obesity, your doctor may recommend a dietitian as part of your treatment plan. A weight loss program can help naturally improve apparent muscle weakness as well. Behavioral therapy has been proven as an effective treatment for mild to moderate pelvic floor conditions.
Sacral nerve stimulation has proven to be a useful treatment of chronic dysfunction of the urinary, bowel and peliv floor. The sacral nerve controls your bladder, bowel and pelvic floor as well as all the muscles related to their function. Because of its key role in the function of your pelvic region, often this therapy has been effective at treating both urinary and fecal incontinence as well as vaginal prolapse.