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Treatment Options for Incontinence and Other Pelvic Floor Disorders

Many women find ways to cope with incontinence and prolapse on their own. However, when those strategies fail or result in a significant reduction in quality of life, the UC San Diego Women's Pelvic Medicine Center is here to provide a full range of options and, just as important, help alleviate feelings of isolation and frustration.

UC San Diego offers patients comprehensive medical, educational and surgical services in a comfortable, community setting.

Educational Approaches

Physical Therapy

Our office now offers appointments with physical therapist Cindy Furey. She uses a proactive, manual treatment approach with the goals of minimizing discomfort, expediting recovery, and restoring and enhancing function in her patients.

Medical Approaches

  • Medication therapy (while medication alone rarely cures incontinence, some anticholinergic medications or antidepressants can provide relief in combination with exercise and/or behavioral therapy)
  • Neuromodulation

    Bladder Testing Unnecessary?

    Research from UC San Diego's Dr. Charles Nager shows that invasive bladder testing before incontinence surgery may not provided added benefit. Read more or watch a video of Dr. Nager explaining the research.

  • Botox bladder injections

Surgical Solutions

  • Outpatient surgeries, including:
  • Complete pelvic reconstruction

Robotic Pelvic Floor Surgery

UC San Diego surgeons use the da Vinci surgical system, which allows them to perform precise surgery in complex procedures through several small surgical incisions. The surgeon controls the instruments in real time, aided by a high-resolution, 3-D stereo view. This minimally invasive method has several advantages:

  • Less post-operative pain and scarring
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Faster and more complete recovery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities

Learn more about robotic surgery at UC San Diego Health System.

There's No Need to Live With Incontinence

With appropriate evaluation and treatment, no woman has to suffer from pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence. Expert help is available.

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