Pelvic Health - Common Symptoms of Dysfunction
- Do you wake up to go to the bathroom?
- Do you leak urine unexpectedly?
- Does urine loss occur during coughing, sneezing, laughing, bending or lifting?
- Do you occasionally have leakage of stool while passing gas?
If you answered yes to ANY of these questions, you may have urinary or bowel incontinence.
Pelvic Floor disorders are common in men and women, but many times the person is reluctant to seek medical attention due to embarrassment, the feeling that nothing can be done or that it is a normal part of life. At the Center for Pelvic Health at Griffin Hospital, we want you to know you are not alone and you do not have to live with these problems. We are here to help.
A Different Approach to Common Problems
The Center for Pelvic Health at Griffin Hospital is one of the few centers of its kind in the country to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care and the diagnosis of Pelvic Floor Disorders. Our team includes specialist in urology, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, physical therapy and nursing. Together our specialists provide a full range of coordinated and therapeutic services, delivered in a holistic, caring manner. You’ll receive care in a relaxed, private environment dedicated to addressing your pelvic floor needs and ensuring respect, dignity and sensitivity during all phases of your treatment.
Assessment, Diagnosis, Conditions & Treatment:
The Center for Pelvic Health at Griffin Hospital specializes in diagnosing and treating pelvic health problems, allowing you to get back to living and enjoying life. Don't suffer or wonder another day. Diagnosis begins with a complete assessment of your situation and current function. Proper diagnosis is critical to ensuring that your every need is identified and addressed by our highly-trained staff.
Below is a list of pelvic floor health conditions routinely assessed, diagnosed and treated at The Center for Pelvic Health at Griffin Hospital.
- Urinary Incontinence
- Overactive bladder
- Enlarged prostate
- Urinary retention and other voiding dysfunction
- Bowel leakage / fecal or gas incontinence
- Chronic constipation
- Obstructive defecation
- Pelvic organ prolapsed
- Pelvic pain (vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Dyspareunia, proctalgia fugax, coccydynia)
- Pelvic floor dysfunction following child birth, surgeries, bariatric surgery, cancer related treatments
You Are Not Alone
If you suffer from one or more of these pelvic health issues, it is important to know that you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Health:
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men experience episodes of urinary incontinence.
- Between 1 and 3 women out of 1,000 report a loss of bowel control at least once a month.
Despite this prevalence of pelvic floor disorders, many times the person is reluctant to seek medical attention due to embarrassment, the feeling that nothing can be done or that it is a normal part of life. Many times, that is not the case, you do not simply have to live with it. Our highly trained team of professionals can help. Take back control today.
Consultations & Becoming a Patient: What to Expect
- Your physician can refer you to the Center or you can schedule an appointment directly by calling 203.732.7202. A nurse coordinator will discuss your past medical history, symptoms, medications, diet and any treatments you have tried.
- You may be referred to one of our physicians for potential diagnostic testing.
- Depending upon your diagnosis, you may receive physical therapy, changes to your diet and/or medication.
- Surgical procedures will not be considered until all other therapies are tested. However, should you need a surgical procedure, you've come to the right place.
Your Griffin Hospital Pelvic Health Team
Griffin Hospital’s Center for Pelvic Health provides patients with comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a wide range of bladder & bowel control issues.
Dr. Grace Biggs serves as the Center’s Medical Director, working with a coordinated team of highly-trained professionals to ensure the most efficient diagnosis and effective treatment plan to meet each patient’s individualized needs.
Grace Biggs, M.D., Griffin Faculty Physicians - Urology
Joseph Camilleri, M.D., Griffin Faculty Physicians - Urology
John Aversa, D.O., Ciardiello, Bonadies, & Aversa Surgical Group PC
Katherine Sandhu, M.D., Urogynecology & Pelvic Surgery LLC
Rachel Leonardi, M.D., Women’s Health Center
Arnold Rivera, M.D., Southern Connecticut Urology Associates
Harold Schwartz, M.D., Gastroenterology Specialists
Critical members of the Pelvic Health team also include members from our Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Department:
Nancy Corvigno, MSPT, PRPC
Jennifer Passoni, DPT
Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
As specialists in Pelvic Health disorders, Griffin Hospital offers our patients specially trained Physical Therapists who provide treatment both before and after pelvic health surgery. Griffin Hospital's Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Program is a leader in the state of Connecticut. This specialty program was established to address urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation and pelvic floor pain & tention issues in both women and men and will help you regain control and decrease your pain. This department works in conjunction with the Pelvic Health Center here at Griffin. Learn more about the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy program here.
Get your life back. Make the call.
Pelvic Health issues are common but do not have to be a source for embarrassment or a reason for decreased quality of life. You CAN get your life back and we can help. For more information or to schedule a personal consultation, please contact the Center for Pelvic Health at Griffin Hospital at 203.732.7202.