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Urogynecology & Pelvic Floor Care | Albuquerque & Rio Rancho, NM

Call the Women's Health Clinic at (505) 272-2245 to make an appointment or learn more about how we can help you stay in the best possible health.

Meet Our Providers

Find a  that works for you.

If you’re among millions of Americans with incontinence, prolapse or ongoing pelvic pain, turn to UNM Health System’s board-certified urogynecologists and certified nurse midwives in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, NM. Our team specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction – weakened muscles that sometimes result from childbirth, strenuous activity or disease. Trust us for care that can help you feel like yourself again.

Urogynecological Conditions We Treat

Find a diagnosis and treatment at UNM Health System's hospitals and clinics for the full spectrum of pelvic floor conditions, including:

  • Emptying disorders – difficulty urinating or moving bowels.
  • Fistula – abnormal hole that leaks waste.
  • Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) – infections in the bladder, ureter, kidneys or another part of the urinary system.
  • Incontinence – involuntary loss of urine or feces.
  • Overactive bladder – frequent urination.
  • Painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis) – chronic discomfort and pressure.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse, including rectocele and cystocele – downward slippage of the uterus, bladder, vagina or another pelvic organ.

Diagnosing Pelvic Floor Disorders

To evaluate your condition, a doctor may request:

  • 3D ultrasound imaging – uses painless, noninvasive sound waves to create pictures of organs and structures in your pelvis.
  • Cystoscopy – uses a tiny tube and lens to examine your bladder’s lining.
  • Urodynamic testing – measures how well your bladder works.

Treating Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

After reviewing your diagnosis, medical history and personal preferences, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan for you that may include conservative, nonsurgical measures or surgery.

Conservative Care

When appropriate, your care will begin with one or more of these nonsurgical approaches:

  • Biofeedback – uses sensors and a computer display to show your muscle activity as you practice pelvic floor exercises.
  • Lifestyle modifications – may include Kegel exercises, bladder training, weight loss or other changes.
  • Medications, especially relaxants – ease symptoms of your condition.
  • Physical therapy – provided by specialized therapists who teach exercises to relieve incontinence, reduce pelvic pain and support organs.
  • Pessary clinic – fits you for a small vaginal implant to support a slipping uterus or prevent urine loss.
  • Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation – sends gentle electrical impulses through a nerve in your ankle to pelvic nerves that control an overactive bladder.

Surgical Procedures

You may benefit from a surgical procedure such as:

  • BOTOX® injection – relaxes the bladder and helps reduce urinary incontinence.
  • Periurethral injection – bulks up tissue around the urethra to help prevent urine loss.
  • Sacral neuromodulation (InterStim® Therapy) – involves implanting a tiny device to gently stimulate nerves that control your bladder and bowels.
  • Sling placement – uses synthetic material to create a hammock under your urethra or bladder to help prevent incontinence.
  • Sacrocolpopexy – lifts and holds the vagina in place with mesh to relieve organ prolapse.
  • Uterosacral ligament suspension or sacrospinous fixation – attaches the vagina to ligaments or other structures higher in the pelvis to treat prolapsed uterus or other organs.

If it’s right for your situation, a surgeon may perform your procedure with a minimally invasive technique that reduces pain and recovery time. Your doctor also might use robotic technology that can move surgical tools more precisely, steadily and fully than human hands.

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