At least 1 in 4 women reports discomfort 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 1 in 5 women will undergo surgery for a pelvic floor disorder with a 30 percent risk of needing repeat surgery. With the increased prevalence of pelvic floor disorders with aging, 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.
Northwestern Medicine Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program
The Women's Integrated Pelvic Health Program provides a unique opportunity to deliver comprehensive health care for women with pelvic floor disorders from a range of specialists, including Urogynecologists, Urologists, Colorectal Surgeons, and Physical therapists.
We are proud to offer a transdisciplinary approach in which specialists from different disciplines work jointly to develop innovative, integrated care plans that move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address common pelvic floor problems.
Both the physicians and facilities offer state of the art resources to ensure the highest quality evaluation, medical and surgical care to women with incontinence and prolapse.
Our internationally renowned faculty members are among the first specialists recognized by the American Boards of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery and provide comprehensive clinical care and minimally invasive surgical treatments for pelvic floor disorders, childbirth injury, complications from gynecologic surgery (fistulas), and congenital genitourinary disorders.
We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment at three fully equipped clinical sites: Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Lake Forest Hospital, and Central DuPage Hospital.
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Program Resources and Facilities
The physical resources of the IPHP, Prentice Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, provide a unique opportunity to deliver comprehensive health care for women with pelvic floor disorders from a range of specialists, including:
Both the physicians and facilities offer state-of-the-art resources to ensure the highest quality evaluation, medical and surgical care to women with incontinence and prolapse.
Our physicians are national leaders in minimally invasive pelvic reconstructive surgery (performing the first robotic reconstructive procedures in Chicago) and sacral nerve stimulation for urinary and fecal incontinence.