Our expert surgical team offers state-of-the-art care for patients with pelvic floor disorders, including anal sphincter injuries, rectovaginal fistula, rectal prolapse, and some forms of fecal incontinence that are not responsive to medical treatments. We work closely with the gastroenterology and urogynecology teams to make sure you get the best care for your condition.
What is a pelvic floor disorder?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments that act like a sling to support the pelvic organs—the bladder, rectum, and uterus or prostate. Contracting and relaxing these muscles allows you to control bowel movements and urination. A pelvic floor disorder is the inability to control these muscles, which makes it hard to control bowel movements and urination.
Tests and procedures
At your office visit, you may have a physical exam that could include an examination of the lower part of the colon, rectum, and anus using a small scope. Your doctor may also want to get more information through blood tests, ultrasound, CT (computerized tomography) scan, or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Sometimes we also perform functional treatments, including measurement of anal pressures. We understand that some procedures and tests required for diagnosis are uncomfortable. We will do our best to ensure your comfort during the process.
Treatment and recovery
Treatment for pelvic floor disorders can include physical exercises, medication, and surgery. Recovery time from surgery will depend on the type of surgery and whether you are having other treatments. We will make sure you have the resources and information you need to return to health as quickly as possible.