The field of Urogynecology (a subspecialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology) is dedicated to the treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders such as urinary or fecal incontinence and prolapse (bulging or falling) of the vagina, bladder and/or the uterus.
The urogynecologist on staff at Cedar Park Surgery Center (or Hays Surgery Center) is Dr. George Shashoua of Austin Urogynecology.
Urinary incontinence is a common condition affecting 10-20% of women under the age of 65 and up to 56% of women over the age of 65. While incontinence also affects men, it occurs much more commonly in women.
Prolapse simply means displacement from the normal position. When this word is used to describe the female organs, it usually means bulging, sagging or falling. It can occur quickly, but usually happens over the course of many years. On average, 11% of women will undergo surgery for this condition.
Prolapse and incontinence frequently occur together. Both conditions are believed to result from damage to the pelvic floor after delivering a baby. Other possible factors in the development of prolapse and incontinence are very heavy lifting on a daily basis (as some paramedics and factory workers might do) chronic coughing, severe constipation and obesity.
Other common conditions treated and procedures offered at Hays Surgery Center:
- Anterior Repair Surgery (Colporrhaphy)
- Colpocleisis / Lefort Procedure – Vaginal procedure to treat complete prolapse
- Laparoscopic Enterocele Repair
- Laparoscopic Uterine Suspension
- Labial Reduction Surgery
- Sacrospinous Ligament Suspension
- Vaginal Vault Suspension