Northwestern Medicine Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
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At least one in four women reports symptoms and a negative impact on her quality of life from a pelvic floor disorder, including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary tract symptoms or incontinence, and fecal incontinence.
Moreover, nearly one in five women will undergo surgery for a pelvic floor disorder with a 30 percent risk of needing repeat surgery.
While some risks for developing pelvic floor disorders can be mitigated by a healthy lifestyle, some risks are simply unavoidable. Aging is the most significant risk factor for developing a pelvic floor disorder, while childbirth is the second most important risk factor.
With increased longevity, the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders among U.S. women is increasing dramatically. Treatment for women with these disorders is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next 40 years—from 28 million in 2010 to 43 million in 2050.
Recognizing the growing need for research and high-quality specialty care for women with pelvic floor disorders, The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) officially approved the specialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) in the spring of 2011.
In so doing, ABMS acknowledged that care for women with complex pelvic floor disorders (such as urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and congenital abnormalities of the genitourinary tract) requires advanced fellowship training and board certification beyond the training acquired by a general obstetrician-gynecologist or a general urologist.
In June of 2013, the American Boards of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, began certifying individual surgeons, and Northwestern Medicine is pleased to have an internationally renowned group of board-certified specialists in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery or Urogynecology.
The mission of Northwestern Medicine's Division of FPMRS-Urogynecology is to improve patient-centered care for women with pelvic floor disorders.
We aim to be a national leader in the medical and minimally invasive surgical treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders and to earn distinction as leaders in research pursuits directed at enhancing care for women with these disorders.
Our aspiration is to advance patient-centered care through outstanding clinical and surgical care, leading-edge clinical and translational research, and excellence in our roles as mentors and educators.
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To schedule an appointment with one of our urogynecologists, call 312.694.PFDS (7337).
We place a high priority on providing educational opportunities in an interactive and a collaborative environment and believe that it is critical to train the next generation of physicians to provide high-quality, patient-centered care for women with pelvic floor disorders for many generations to come.
We are training academic leaders in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery–Urogynecology through our ACGME-accredited fellowship program.
These future leaders will advance healthcare for women as surgeon–scientists who not only provide outstanding clinical and surgical care but also serve as inspiring mentors and educators.