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The Pelvic Floor is a set of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue in the lowest part of the pelvis that provides support for a woman’s internal organs, including the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum.
Dr. Andrea Crane, Urogynecologist with WakeMed Physician Practices – Urogynecology, says one in four women may suffer from Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFDs). She says PFDs are not a normal part of aging and can be treated successfully.
Urinary incontinence is the lack of bladder control with symptoms that include urine leakage, frequency and urgency, and difficulty emptying the bladder. Dr. Crane sees patients with two major types of urinary incontinence: Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and Urge urinary incontinence/overactive bladder (UUI/OAB).
SUI is an anatomical problem that causes leakage with coughing/sneezing, laughing, lifting, exercising and running.
UUI is a nerve problem that causes increased urinary frequency, urgency, urinating at night.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which the uterus, bladder and bowel may “drop” onto the vagina and cause a bulge through the vaginal canal.
Dr. Crane advises discussing treatment options with your physician to determine the best option.
In some cases, pelvic rehab is recommended. In rehab, a therapist will evaluate:
For more information on pelvic rehab, contact the WakeMed Outpatient Pelvic Health Program.
Dr. Andrea Crane is a board certified urogynecologist and female pelvic reconstructive surgeon at WakeMed with interests in comprehensive pelvic reconstruction, da Vinci® robot-assisted sacrocolpopexy, and sacral neuromodulation. Her training includes evaluation and treatment of childbirth trauma, advanced pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, mesh complications, and sexual dysfunction.
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Raleigh, NC 27610