The USC Institute of Urology has a full-service female urology program that includes behavioral, medical and surgical expertise. Owing to the entire range of treatments available at our institute, we can evaluate and care for patients from diagnosis to the completion of successful therapy at one location.
Depending on the type of dysfunction, Keck Medicine of USC urologists tailor the best treatment option to fit the individual patient’s needs. Our physicians also provide a full range of services for patients with conditions ranging from overactive bladder and pelvic pain syndrome to voiding and sexual dysfunction. We tailor a combination of pharmaceutical and surgical therapies to the specific needs and requirements of each individual patient. Our physicians discuss conservative measures such as physical therapy, behavioral therapy and pharmacologic solutions. All types of minimally invasive continence and prolapse surgeries are considered and offered, including robotic and laparoscopic methods.
Keck Medicine of USC’s Institute of Urology is the only program in Southern California that offers a full range of options for female pelvic floor disorders, including robotic surgical techniques. For most women, minimally invasive robotic surgery offers numerous potential benefits over a traditional open surgical approach. Women suffering from infertility who need surgery may also benefit from robotic surgery.
Treatment options for stress urinary incontinence include non-surgical options such as Kegel exercises and pelvic floor behavioral therapy. If surgical therapy is required, we offer a variety of minimally invasive surgical options which usually do not require an overnight stay in hospital. The treatment of overactive bladder usually begins with a variety of medications, pelvic floor behavioral therapy or a combination of both. For patients with overactive bladder refractory to standard initial therapy, there are other options available at USC. This includes sacral neuromodulation and botulinum toxin A (Botox) injections into the bladder. The use of bladder Botox for this treatment has recently been approved by the FDA, and investigators at USC have been among the country’s leaders in evaluating this novel treatment. For those patients still requiring further therapy, lower urinary tract reconstruction is always an option, and USC has been a pioneer in this field for both men and women for many years. The Institute offers a multidisciplinary approach to incontinence, bringing together urologists, gynecologists, colorectal surgeons, gerontologists and rehabilitation physicians. A commitment to innovation and excellence combined with ongoing research and teaching, keeps our surgeons and physicians at the forefront of their field.
The weakening of connective tissues accelerates with age, after child birth, with weight gain and strenuous physical labor. Women experiencing pelvic organ prolapse typically have problems with urinary incontinence, vaginal ulceration, sexual dysfunction and/or having a bowel movement.
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse. Mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure traditionally has been performed as an open, invasive surgery with a long horizontal incision being made in the lower abdomen to manually access the inter-abdominal organs, including the uterus.
Keck Medicine of USC’s Institute of Urology is the only program in Southern California that offers a full range of options for female pelvic floor disorders including robotic surgical techniques to treat vaginal vault prolapse. For most women, robotic sacrocolpopexy offers numerous potential benefits over a traditional open surgical approach.
Women suffering from infertility who need surgery to correct the major causes – such as fibroids, endometriosis and congenital abnormalities – are seeing the benefits of robotic surgery.–>
Surgeons at the USC Institute of Urology use minimally invasive robotic surgery to correct the following conditions which affect female fertility:
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Tubal ligation reversal (anastomosis)
- Uterine fibroids