At least 1 in 4 American women report significant discomfort and a negative effect on their quality of life as a result of pelvic floor disorders, which include:
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
Moreover, nearly 1 in 5 women will undergo surgery for a pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime.
Northwestern Medicine's Integrated Pelvic Health Program (IPHP) was developed in reponse to a women's unique pelvic floor symptoms and conditions using a collaborate, interdisciplinary team of specialists.
The program serves as a national model for treatment, research and educational endeavors in female pelvic floor disorders where patients can benefit from the latest treatments and opportunities by participation in:
- Clinical research trials for urinary incontinence, bowel control problems and pelvic organ prolapse
- A state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary pelvic health center with internationally recognized experts from Urogynecology, Urology, Colorectal Surgery, Gastroenterology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Physical Therapy
The IPHP is the only program in the city of Chicago to offer integrated services from all of these specialists in a single location.
Program Resources & Facilities
The physical resources of the IPHP, Prentice Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, provide a unique opportunity to deliver comprehensive health care for women with pelvic floor disorders from a range of specialists, including:
Both the physicians and facilities offer state-of-the-art resources to ensure the highest quality evaluation, medical and surgical care to women with incontinence and prolapse
Our physicians are national leaders in minimally invasive pelvic reconstructive surgery (performing the first robotic reconstructive procedures in Chicago) and sacral nerve stimulation for urinary and fecal incontinence.
The IPHP provides comprehensive services and treatment in all areas of pelvic floor care, including:
|Urinary incontinence||Anal incontinence|
|Pelvic organ prolapse||Urinary fistulas (bladder and ureteral)|
|Rectal fistulas||Congenital and Müllerian anomalies|
|Postpartum pelvic floor issues||Neuro-urologic disorders|
|Microscopic hematuria||Minimally invasive robotic, laparoscopic, and vaginal surgery|
|Sacral neuromodulation||Botulinum toxin|
|Behavioral therapy||Physical therapy|
For more information or to make a confidential appointment with one of our physicians, please call the Integrated Pelvic Health Program at 312-926-4747.