Learn more about Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Specialists
Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, or FPM-RS is a subspecialty of both urology and obstetrics and gynecology. Urogynecology is another name for it. A female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeon diagnoses and treats pelvic floor disorders, including uterine prolapse, bladder prolapse and incontinence—loss of bowel or bladder control. The pelvic floor includes the muscles and tissues that control and support the rectum, uterus, vagina and bladder.
Female pelvic medicine surgeons use medications, surgery, and nonsurgical therapies to treat pelvic floor disorders.
A female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeon typically:
- Evaluates a patient’s medical history and educates the patient about disorders of a woman’s pelvic organs and pelvic floor, which are the muscles and tissues that control and support the rectum, uterus, vagina and bladder
- Performs physical exams with particular attention to the health of the pelvic organs and pelvic floor
- Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests
- Diagnoses and treats pelvic prolapse and other pelvic organ and pelvic floor conditions
- Performs surgeries and prescribes medications, exercises, physical therapy, and other therapies
- Provides direct care in the office and in the hospital
- Works closely with your primary care doctor and other specialists and members of your healthcare team to provide optimal care
A female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeon may also be known as a urogynecologist. If you are experiencing incontinence or other symptoms that might be related to a pelvic floor disorder, set up an appointment with an experienced urogynecologist today. Both urologists and gynecologists can pursue subspecialty training, a specialist who performs female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery may also be known simply as a urologist or a gynecologist—ask about their experience and outcomes performing female pelvic organ surgery.
There are 1537 specialists practicing Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.1 stars. There are 1266 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery specialists, including NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Northside Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.