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 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago


Program Mission

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 response 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.

Current Services

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 
Urodynamic testing  Cystoscopy 
Anal ultrasound  Manometry 
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.


Last UpdateJanuary 28, 2014