Types of Urogynecologic Surgery
Surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical treatment options that range from minimally invasive surgery (including robotic gynecologic surgery), vaginal surgery and abdominal surgery.
- Minimally invasive surgery for stress incontinence – This surgery includes transvaginal slings ("tapes"), fascial slings and collagen injections.
- Minimally invasive surgery for urge incontinence: Sacral Nerve Stimulation – This technique electrically stimulates the sacral nerves that influence the behavior of the bladder, urinary sphincter and pelvic floor. It is an outpatient procedure, performed in two stages and is highly effective, safe and well tolerated.
- Laparoscopic surgery – A surgery performed via small incisions using specially designed surgical instruments and viewed through a laparoscope, or surgical telescope. This surgery can be used to treat a prolapsed uterus.
- Pelvic reconstructive surgery – If your condition permits, urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse can be repaired through the vagina with no visible abdominal incisions. For advanced conditions, abdominal surgery may be recommended.
Our surgeons use advanced techniques and materials such as biologic grafts and synthetic meshes to minimize the chance of recurrence after surgery. Surgeons also can perform vaginoplasty operations for women who do not have a vagina.
Pessaries and other devices can be used to treat some conditions as a safe alternative to surgery. Medications are available to treat a variety of urogynecologic problems.