Approximately 11 million women are affected by urinary incontinence, but less than 10 percent seek medical treatment. Many of these women could be helped and successfully treated with simple procedures, medication or rehabilitation. Incontinence can occur as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, injury to the pelvic region or spinal cord, neurologic disease, infection or degenerative changes associated with aging.
The Women's Continence and Pelvic Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for women who suffer form disorders associated with the female pelvic floor. These conditions cause a variety of symptoms, including urinary urgency, urinary frequency, loss of urine, painful urination, difficulty passing urine or stool, pelvic pressure, protrusion of a mass through the vagina (prolapse) and involuntary loss of stool.
Early detection and treatment is key to obtaining a positive outcome. For an accurate diagnosis and to identify the cause of pelvic floor disorders, the Center for Women's Continence and Pelvic Health provides complete urodynamic testing, including:
- Complex uroflowmetry
- Multichannel subtracted cystometry
- Evaluation of leak-point pressures
- Urethral pressure profilometry
- Pressure-flow voiding studies
- Anal manometry
- Pudendal nerve testing
- Anal ultrasound
The Center for Women's Continence and Pelvic Health integrates multiple disciplines, including Urogynecology, Female Urology, Colorectal Surery, Gynecology (including minimally invasive gynecologic conditions), Gastroenterology and Physical Therapy to provide customized quality care to every patient. The center offers comprehensive treatment options for women with pelvic problems, ranging from nonsurgical treatments, such as medication, pelvic muscle rehabilitation and intravaginal devices to a wide spectrum of surgical procedures to help obtain the best results.