Urogynecology is a subspecialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a focus on the medical and surgical management of women with urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and other noncancerous disorders of the female pelvis. The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology doesn’t use the term “Urogynecology” for the subspecialty but rather Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
A board certified subspecialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery must undergo extensive training. This training includes four years of medical school, a four year residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology and finally a three year surgical fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. The fellowship spots are limited and competitive. The fellowship focuses on pelvic surgical training with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgical techniques. After completing this training board certification is only granted after completing and passing board examinations in general obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Board certification in the subspecialty is only maintained by completing yearly Continued Medical Education credits that demonstrate continued learning in the field.
A Urogynecologist is an advanced female pelvic surgeon for benign gynecologic conditions. The focus of my practice is to improve a patient’s quality of life by alleviating their symptoms with non-surgical or surgical techniques. Symptoms can involve the bladder, vagina, uterus or rectum. In my practice I apply my training for benign gynecologic conditions with an emphasis on incontinence, vaginal prolapse and the application of minimally invasive techniques for other gynecologic conditions such as congenital and post-surgical complications (ie vaginal mesh complications), uterine fibroids, vaginal bleeding and endometriosis.