Division of Urogynecology & Female Pelvic Medicine
- To improve the quality of life of women with pelvic floor disorders.
- To provide a challenging and enriching environment for OB/GY residents, fellows and medical students, where they are exposed to the most advanced clinical and surgical curricula available.
Our internationally-recognized faculty are fellowship trained and board-certified in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. They are part of an interdisciplinary team of urogynecologists, urologists, colorectal surgeons, advanced practice providers and physical therapists who offer the latest in behavioral, surgical and non-surgical management for pelvic floor disorders. Our faculty are active members of American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the Worldwide Fistula Foundation (WFF) and the Association of Professors in Gynecology & Obstetrics (APGO).
The Division of Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine provides the full scope of care to diagnose and treat women with urinary and fecal incontinence, prolapse and other pelvic floor problems. An estimated one-third of women will experience at least one of these disorders in her lifetime, but only 45% of women have sought care for their incontinence symptoms. As a result, many women live with the physical, functional and psychological limitations that can diminish one's quality of life at home and at work. Our team of specialists provide expert consultation and will discuss both surgical and non-surgical treatment options that can help restore the normal pelvic floor anatomy or repair damaged muscles or tissue, and we tailor the treatment to meet the patient’s current needs and expectations. Services include both virtual and in-person consultations and may include urodynamic testing to evaluate bladder and urinary tract function and transperineal ultrasound to evaluate pelvic organ support. We also provide care for women transitioning through perimenopause to menopause and for women experiencing increased prevalence of incontinence due to pregnancy and childbirth.
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Trainees in the Department of ObGyn will focus on the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), which include urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain, and will assist on labor and delivery for repair of complex obstetrical lacerations. To enhance their surgical and medical education and training, resident rotations will take place on both campuses of the University of Minnesota, and residents will work with interprofessional teams to improve patient safety and the quality of patient care. Residents will participate in regularly scheduled journal clubs, seminars, didactics, and morbidity and mortality conferences.
There is a multitude of opportunities to conduct new and innovative research to improve the quality of life for women with pelvic organ prolapse and urinary or fecal incontinence. All residents must complete at least one research project during their time in the program and clinical research will focus on statistics, epidemiology and research design. We take pride in championing the education of fellows, residents and medical students in conducting hypothesis-driven, well-designed medical research. Mentors will supervise our residents through the abstract and manuscript preparation process with the final goal being the publication appearing in peer-reviewed journals.