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Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Program for Women

Loyola's Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Program was the first of its kind in greater Chicago and is still one of the few programs in the country that offers a single-site location for the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic-floor disorders for women. We provide the most advanced care available for problems related to the lower-urinary tract and the pelvic floor (the group of muscles, ligaments and nerves that support and help control the bladder and rectum, as well as the vagina and uterus).

Loyola also is one of the first medical centers in the Chicago area to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery for pelvic surgery procedures, including procedures for fecal, urinary and vesicovaginal fistulas, incontinence (sacrocolpopexy), ureteral reimplant and hysterectomy.

Pelvic-floor disorders such as urinary or fecal incontinence, difficulty urinating or pelvic-organ prolapse, can sometimes be embarrassing, difficult to talk about and affect the quality of your life. It is important that you speak with your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Our physicians and surgeons will make your experience as comfortable as possible as they partner with you and your primary-care physician to develop the best treatment plan for you. The physicians, nurses and support staff have many years of experience in dealing with these very personal conditions.

Loyola's programs for urology and urogynecology are widely recognized as among the top nationwide. We have intense dedication to providing the highest quality care while preserving the individuality, privacy and dignity of each patient. The urology program was ranked 39th in the nation  for 2014-2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

At Loyola, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the specific condition. Your medical team may consult with a range of other specialists including:

  • Radiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Urogynecologists

Together they will suggest a complete treatment plan for your specific condition and needs. And, of course, our physicians work closely with your own doctor. Our goal is to return you to your physician's care, either fully recovered or with a plan that you and your doctor can manage together.

Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Program for Women Specialists


Treatment options may include:

  • Diet and behavior modification
  • Pelvic-floor exercises
  • Biofeedback
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Medications
  • Surgery

The Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Program provides consultation for a full range of conditions that involve the pelvic-floor and lower-urinary tract, including the following:

  • Birth injuries to the pelvic floor
  • Congenital abnormalities: Pelvic-floor disorders such as vaginal agenesis (absence of a uterus)
  • Fecal incontinence: The inability to control bowel function
  • Pelvic-organ prolapse: (Falling down) of the bladder, rectum, bowel, uterus or vagina from normal position
  • Repair of injuries from surgical procedures
  • Urethral masses, such as urethral diverticulum (bulging pouches along the urethra)
  • Urinary or fecal fistula: An abnormal connection between the urinary tract or the bowel resulting in uncontrolled loss of urine or stool
  • Urinary incontinence: The inability to control bladder function
  • Urinary retention