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Pelvic Health

Expert Clinical and Holistic Care for Your Pelvic Health

Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) can be uncomfortable and embarrassing to talk about, but they are common. In fact, more than one-third of all women and one-fourth of all men in the United States will experience related symptoms in their lifetime. Common disorders include:

  • Overactive Bladder
  • Urine Leakage
  • Bowel Control
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Our unique, comprehensive program, designed for both men and women, includes experienced surgeons, a nurse navigator, and a program coordinator who work in conjunction with your primary provider to develop a tailored and effective treatment plan. Our specialists then use leading-edge therapies to accurately treat the cause of your symptoms. Our entire program is designed to quickly and comfortably get our patients back to enjoying life.

The pelvic health team at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare understands how personal pelvic floor concerns can be, and how difficult they can often be to resolve. That’s why we provide comfortable, result-driven care.

Services & Conditions

These are some of the services offered and conditions we treat in this department. Your doctor may recommend you come here for others.

Diagnostics

Innovative diagnostics help us obtain the most accurate answers even with the most complicated bladder and bowel issues. 

We offer the following on-site diagnostic testing:

  • Multi-channel urodynamics, including video-urodynamics
  • Urethral and anal sphincter electromyography
  • Neurophysiologic studies (e.g., electromyography, sacral reflexes ,terminal motor latencies  and pudendal nerve testing)
  • Endoscopy (cystoscopy, urethroscopy, anoscopy, proctoscopy, cystourethroscopy and colonoscopy)
  • Imaging studies (e.g., fluoroscopy, ultrasound, MRI, CT)
  • Pelvic floor muscle testing
  • Anal manometry
  • Anorectal sensory assessment
  • Measurement of rectal compliance
  • MRI Defecography / Dynamic MRI
  • Fistuologram
  • Motility studies

The following website may help you to define some of these clinical terms http://www.nafc.org/glossary/.

Treatment Options

The method of treatment used depends on your individual diagnostic results. We offer our patients progressive treatment and rehabilitation options designed to produce results. Physical therapy is often recommended before or in conjunction with surgical treatment. Our pelvic health rehabilitation services include:

Non-operative Options

  • Biofeedback
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Interferential stimulation
  • TENS
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold laser therapy

Manual Therapies

  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point release

Surgical Treatments

Our comprehensive program may include any variety of treatments, including surgical solutions. This includes procedures and surgical options which allow for smaller incisions, a speedier recovery and possibly even less discomfort. Our minimally invasive methods include:

  • Laparoscopy: This type of surgery allows surgeons to perform surgery through keyhole-sized surgical openings in the abdomen using a camera.
  • Robot Assisted surgery: An alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, our da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
  • Transurethral
  • Transvaginal

Patient Care Team

At Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, we offer a professional team dedicated to treating the pelvic health needs of our patients. This includes a  gynecologist and urologists who specialize in pelvic medicine and complex reconstructive surgery and  a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon. They are supported by rehabilitation experts, specialty certified nurses, a patient nurse navigator, and more. 

Meredith Felix, R.N.

Pelvic Health Nurse Navigator

As CRH’s Pelvic Health Nurse Navigator, Felix works with both physicians and patients to provide seamless care management and personalized patient support and education. She has more than 20 years of nursing experience, spending much of her career caring for patients before, during and after operative procedures. She received her nursing degree from DePaul School of Nursing in Norfolk, Va. and also attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Felix most recently served as clinical coordinator of the pelvic floor unit at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

 

Nicole Barber, R.N.

Program Coordinator

In the role of Program Coordinator, Barber ensures that each patient recieves superior clinical care. She has experience in many nursing realms, working in roles on intensive care, post-surgical an step-down units, as well as in supervisory nursing positions. Barber received her nursing degree from Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wash. Barber most recently served as Nurse Manager for the pelvic floor and observation unit at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

Diagnostic services are offered at the following locations:

Procedures are performed at the following locations: