Nearly one in four women in the U.S. has a pelvic floor disorder, a cluster of health problems that causes pain and limits activity.
The University Health Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic has two board-certified urogynecologists, Kent Burk, M.D.
and Gary Sutkin, MD
, who can help improve your quality of life by treating your pelvic floor problems. Both are on the faculty of the University of Missouri – Kansas City Medical School. You do not need a physician’s referral to visit any of the doctors in our clinic.
The pelvic floor includes the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues in the lowest part of the pelvis. It supports your organs, including the bowel, bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum. If you’ve had a baby, or gone through menopause, or done heavy lifting, your pelvic floor might have become weakened. Chronic medical and neurologic conditions also can cause pelvic floor problems.
Pelvic floor problems are more frequent among older women, but young women can be affected, too.
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Disorder
If you have a pelvic floor disorder, you might experience:
• Pelvic pain or pressure
• Leaking of urine or stool
• Difficulty with bowel movements
A pelvic floor disorder can diminish the quality of your life, and result in social isolation, depression and avoidance of physical and sexual activity due to discomfort and embarrassment. Our doctors understand what you are going through and are dedicated to helping you.
Pelvic Floor Conditions We Treat
Treatment is available — in a private, confidential setting — for all of the following conditions:
• Painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis)
• Urinary incontinence (leaking of urine)
• Fecal incontinence (passing of gas or stool involuntarily)
• Pelvic organ prolapse (weakening of pelvis muscles)
• Dropping of uterus, bladder, rectum, or intestine
• Pelvic pain
• Overactive bladder symptoms
• Voiding disorders such as urinary retention
• Chronic urinary tract infections
University Health offers patients a customized mix of services to bring relief for the conditions listed above. Office procedures and evaluations may include:
• Urodynamic studies
We are here to help restore function and improve your quality of life. We use the most current research and clinical standards to create personalized treatment plans that may include medical, behavioral, non-surgical, and surgical options. To make an appointment, call 816-404-7820.