About Pelvic Floor Disorders
Both men and women have a pelvic floor, in women in particular, the pelvic floor consists of the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum to help these organs function. Pelvic floor disorders affect the muscles, organs and overall function of the pelvic floor. When the muscles and tissue in the pelvis become weak and can no longer support the pelvic organs, it can cause pelvic organ prolapse. This can cause women to have difficulty controlling gas, bowel movements or urination, and cause painful urination or bladder pain. Childbirth, obesity, damaged or weakened nerves, heavy lifting, and other factors and conditions can affect the pelvic floor functionality. These disorders can often be reversed or controlled with a variety of treatment options.
Treatment for Pelvic Floor Disorders at UT Health Austin
Your care team may conduct a pelvic examination to evaluate and determine the cause of your pelvic floor disorder. Depending on the cause, a variety of treatments may be recommended as a part of your care plan, typically starting with medications and pelvic floor physical therapy but in more severe cases surgical intervention may be an option. The goal of your treatment is typically to strengthen and restore function to your muscles. Regardless of your treatment plan, your care team will work with you to understand the risk and benefits and what you can expect throughout your care and recovery.
Care Team Approach
We have assembled a team of experts that includes fellowship trained female pelvic medicine reconstructive surgeons, associate providers, pelvic floor physical therapists, associate providers, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for you at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, pelvic floor physical therapy and medication can reduce the symptoms of these conditions, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.