What are Pelvic Floor Disorders?
Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Otto Huertas can diagnose and treat Pelvic floor disorders at his state-of-the-art gynecology office, CosmeticGyn Center in Dallas, TX. Dr. Huertas is accepting new patients who need help managing or treating symptoms related to a weak pelvic floor that can't support the organs in that area. Leaving a pelvic floor disorder undiagnosed and untreated will only make the symptoms worse over time. It can also cause other areas of the pelvic floor to endure the consequences of the lack of support. The pelvic floor can cause problems for the uterus, rectum, vagina, and bladder. This can lead to pelvic organ prolapse, chronic incontinence (urinary or bowel), constipation, painful sexual intercourse, weakened or spasmodic pelvic muscles, pain or pressure in the pelvis, and more. We can educate you on the different types of pelvic floor disorders and discuss your treatment options during a private exam and consultation at CosmeticGyn Center.
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What are the causes of a Pelvic Floor Disorder?
If you've experienced symptoms of a pelvic floor disorder, it could be for one or more of the following reasons:
- Being overweight to morbidly obese (especially with ample abdomen fat)
- Having surgery anywhere in the pelvic area
- One or multiple pregnancies
- Vaginal childbirth
- Trauma to the pelvic area or organs with tissue, nerve, or muscle damage
The severity of your pelvic floor disorder or prolapse can range from mild to severe in one or multiple areas. Generally, it's recommended that you get diagnosed and treated for a pelvic floor disorder as soon as possible so as to improve your quality of life and to prevent more health issues from developing. Dr. Huertas is an excellent gynecologist who will listen to your concerns and will only offer the appropriate treatments you need.
Your Treatment Options for Pelvic Floor Disorders
When your pelvic floor is weakened or has reached the point of organ prolapse, there are few things you can do to improve it besides surgery. However, we can make some recommendations to help manage your symptoms that are interrupting your daily life. Dr. Huertas may advise some of the following therapies or interventions:
- Weight loss or weight management
- Activities that do not put excessive pressure on your pelvic floor (like heavy weight lifting)
- Physical therapy
- Kegel exercises for rehabilitation
- Diet changes
- Elimination of inflammatory or triggering foods or beverages (for urinary or bowel incontinence)
- Exercises that are right for you
There may also be medication changes you need to make if your current medications add to your symptoms. We also offer pelvic floor stimulation therapy with InterStim for patients who qualify.
Our Surgical Treatment Options
If surgery is your last opportunity for relief from a pelvic floor disorder, then Dr. Huertas can create a surgical treatment plan for you. He performs gynecologic surgeries in hospitals and accredited surgical centers where he has medical privileges. Some of the surgeries he offers to women with severe pelvic floor disorders are:
- Injections for pain
- Bladder slings
- Laparoscopic prolapse correction surgeries for the uterus, bladder, vagina, or bowels
- Sacrospinous ligament or uterosacral suspension surgeries for the uterus or vagina
Total pelvic floor reconstruction
Pelvic floor disorders FAQ
How common is a pelvic floor disorder?
As many as 20% of adults will suffer from a pelvic floor disorder at some point in their life. This number is higher for women, with 1 in 3 women experiencing it and as high as 50% of women over the age of 55 being affected by pelvic floor disorder.
What are some symptoms of a weak pelvic floor?
If you have a weakened pelvic floor, you may experience some of these symptoms:
- Urine leakage, especially when laughing, coughing, or sneezing
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Painful urination
- Lower back pain
- Pain the pelvic area, rectum, or genitals
- Pain or discomfort during sex (especially for women)
Where do you usually experience pelvic floor pain?
Typically, pelvic floor pain will be felt in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or perineum (area between the vagina or scrotum and the rectum).
Is pelvic floor disorder different for men?
While similar, pelvic floor disorder for men is somewhat different and includes urinary dysfunction (urgency, leaking after urinating), erectile dysfunction (ED), and symptoms that resemble prostatitis (an inflammation or infection of the prostate).
Can pelvic floor disorder go away on its own?
In most cases, the symptoms of pelvic floor disorder will persist or worsen if not treated. That’s why it’s important to be diagnosed and treated by an experienced physician like Dr. Huertas at CosmeticGYN Center in Dallas, TX.
Pick the right Practice for Your Pelvic Floor Disorder
Your pelvic floor is important to your feminine and overall health, and we want to help you explore your options of treatments for pelvic floor disorders. Contact CosmeticGyn Center in Dallas, TX to make an appointment with Dr. Huertas who is highly experienced in this area of urogynecology and would love to discuss all of this with you in a private consultation. We can walk you through the process, educate you on what treatments and surgeries you might need, and help you manage your feminine health when you need it most.