What is a Urogynecologist?
The specialty field of Obstetrics and Gynecology serves women of all ages and stages of life. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) focuses on disorders stemming from the loss of support of pelvic structure as well as urinary tract and rectal dysfunction. In the past a woman with pelvic issue may have been referred to multiple specialists. A problem with the bladder may be referred to a urologist. A problem with the uterus or ovaries would have been evaluated by a gynecologist and a rectum problem would have been referred to a colorectal surgeon. Today, these issues can be evaluated and treated by one specialist the Urogynecologist.
When should I see a Urogynecologist?
Pelvic disorders can be embarrassing, but may lead to greater medical complications if left untreated. Symptoms like leaking urine or feces, or vaginal bulges are not just a normal part of aging. You should see a Urogynecologist if you are experiencing:
- Leaking of urine or feces
- Frequent urination or urgency
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Vaginal pain or bulging
- Painful intercourse
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Painful Urination
- Pelvic Pain
There are a variety of options both surgical and non-surgical for restoring your quality of life.
Why should you choose a Board Certified Urogynecologist?
In 2012 The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved board certification for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology). Physicians have to meet strict criteria to be permitted to sit for the board examinations which began in 2013. Once a physician achieves board certification, ongoing education and training are required to maintain certification. By voluntarily committing to this career-long process, board certified doctors play a leadership role in the national movement for health care quality. In fact, the American Board of Medical Specialties cites numerous studies have demonstrated that physicians who are board certified deliver higher quality care and have better patient care outcomes.
At Northern Indiana Center for Pelvic Health & Gynecology, we are very pleased to announce that Dr. Carlton Lyons is one of the first specialists in this region to qualify, pass the exam and receive Board Certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology).
If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, please know that you are not alone and we can help.
To schedule an appointment for an evaluation, call 574-367-3800.