Pelvic Floor Conditions
The term pelvic floor refers to the pelvic diaphragm, the sphincter mechanism of the lower urinary tract, the upper and lower vaginal supports and the internal and external anal sphincters. It is a network of muscles, ligaments and other tissues that holds up the pelvic organs (vagina, rectum, uterus and bladder). When this system is torn or weakens, the organs may shift, bulge and push outward or against each other. As a result, women may suffer from urinary or fecal incontinence or obstruction, vaginal pain, sexual dysfunction and other problems. Women who vaginally delivered several children, and those who experience tears in the perineum or pelvic floor during childbirth, are at higher risk for pelvic floor disorders.
Additional factors contributing to pelvic floor relaxation include aging, menopause, connective tissue disorders, degenerative neurologic conditions and prior pelvic surgery. Any of these factors, alone or in combination, may occur acutely or over time and result in some of the most common and feared health problems faced by women. Surgeons at TDC Urology specialize in effectively treating pelvic floor conditions with advanced reconstructive techniques as well as less invasive, robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Robot.
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