What is a Urogynecologist?
A urogynecologist or female pelvic medicine & reconstructive pelvic surgeon is a doctor who has special training in caring for women with pelvic floor disorders. Typically, a urogynecologist has completed a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology. This is followed by additional training in the evaluation and treatment of conditions that affect the support and function of the female pelvic organs and pelvic floor.
Dr. Sara I. Diaz Valentin, MD, MSc, FPMRS, FACOG is fellowship trained in the first 3 year accredited program in the country, and a board certified female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgeon. She is assisted by Mary Horsfall, NP.
What can a Urogynecologist do?
A urogynecologist can recommend a variety of therapies to cure or relieve symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. You should choose the one that works best for your lifestyle and meets your goals. Sometimes simple changes and interventions can have a significant impact on daily quality of life. Dr. Diaz may advise conservative (non-surgical) or surgical therapy depending on your wishes, the severity of your condition and your general health. Conservative options include medications, pelvic exercises, behavioral and/or dietary modifications and vaginal devices (also called pessaries). Pelvic Floor Therapy with Biofeedback and Electric Stimulation are also treatments that your urogynecologist may recommend. Safe and effective surgical procedures are also utilized by the urogynecologist to treat incontinence and prolapse. (source)