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What’s New in the Prevention & Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders?

What’s New in the Prevention & Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of U.S. women reported one or more pelvic floor disorders. Are you or a family member experiencing pelvic pain possibly from a pelvic floor disorder? If so, learn how to treat the condition by attending a free program at Silver Cross Hospital.

 

Dr. Sandra Culbertson, urogynecologist

Dr. Sandra Culbertson, urogynecologist

Free Lecture: What’s New in the Prevention & Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders?

Join Dr. Sandra Culbertson, urogynecologist with The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Dr. Culbertson will discuss symptoms, management and newer treatments including daVinci robotic surgery for urinary incontinence; prolapse of the vagina, bladder and/or uterus; and other pelvic floor disorders. FREE. Click here to register to attend.

 

Treatment Options

There is a wide range of treatment options for pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse. It’s important for patients to find treatments that best suit their needs and lifestyle.

“Many pelvic floor disorders can be treated successfully without surgery,” said urogynecologist, Sandra Culbertson, M.D.  “For this reason, strategies such as behavior changes, physical therapy and medication are often the first approach for many patients.”

For patients whose symptoms persist after nonsurgical treatment, surgery maybe the best option to find relief.

“If surgery is your best option for a pelvic floor disorder, women should consider da Vinci robotic surgery,” said Dr. Culbertson.  “Compared to traditional open surgeries, da Vinci robotic surgery offers patients many benefits from less scarring, minimal bleeding, shorter hospital stays and faster, less painful recoveries.”

Dr. Culbertson is one of a small group of surgeons in the country who has received training to perform the surgery, and one of several on staff at the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross.

 

How does Robotic Surgery Work?

Controlled by a surgeon from a console, the innovative da Vinci robot is used to make 8mm (`1/3 inch) to 12 mm (~ 1/2 inch) incisions and then long, delicate instruments are inserted into the patient that enable specially trained physicians to perform the surgery.

Misconceptions still exist that the robot is actually performing the surgery all by itself. “It’s important to understand that the da Vinci robotic system cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions by itself,” said Dr. Culbertson. “The da Vinci System can only operate with direct input from the surgeon.”

The enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control of the da Vinci robot allows physicians to perform an excellent surgery even for women with complex cases.

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