Barbara C. Gutin Center for Pelvic Health
A variety of pelvic floor disorders, such as endometriosis, urinary incontinence
and uterine fibroids, are treated at the Barbara C. Gutin Center for Pelvic
Health utilizing both surgical and non-surgical treatments. Minimally
invasive surgical options are available through the Irving and Barbara
C. Gutin Center for Robotic Surgery at Boca Regional, the most experienced
program in Palm Beach County. The Center’s medical staff features
a fellowship-trained urogynecologist and doctoral-trained physical therapists
that specialize in pelvic floor dysfunction and disorders. With a focus
beyond treatment, the Center offers support groups for patients suffering
from and living with pelvic floor disorders and abdominal pain.
WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR DISORDER?
A pelvic floor disorder occurs when there is a compromise of the pelvic
floor muscles and/or connective tissue which may result in loss of bladder
control, bowel control, pain, or dropping of the pelvic organs. One in
three women (30%) will experience a pelvic floor problem in her lifetime.
SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH A PELVIC FLOOR DISORDER
A pelvic floor disorder presents itself as the following symptoms:
- Urinary leaking
- Painful intercourse
- Groin/back pain
- Difficulty with bowel movements
- A falling out feeling that worsens with standing
- Vaginal pain
- Difficulty with tampon insertion
- Pelvic pressure that worsens with coughing, lifting, standing, or as the
day goes on
- Pelvic or lower abdominal pain
The following risk factors may increase your chances of experiencing these
- Pregnancy and delivery
- Chronic cough that occurs with a respiratory condition
- Prior pelvic surgery
- Aging and menopause
- Intense physical exercise (running, power lifting, jumping)
- Genetic predisposition
Several treatment options are available, both non-surgical and surgical.
Your treatment options may include multiple options.
The non-surgical options are:
- Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
- Biofeedback with Surface EMG
- Behavioral modification and bladder training
- Education and Home Exercise Program
- Weight management
If surgery is an option or necessary, referral to our Urogynecologist
will be facilitated.
The Barbara C. Gutin Center for Pelvic Health at the Christine E. Lynn
Women's Health and Wellness Institute is a unique program specializing
in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders in women. At
the Center, diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders is what we
do best. We have a multidisciplinary pelvic health team including: Nurse
Practitioners, Nurse Navigators, Physical Therapists, and Physicians.
After a comprehensive assessment, physical exam and diagnostic testing,
we will partner with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that
meet your needs.