Dr. Sanz explains if pelvic floor reconstruction will help with a urinary incontinence problem.
Well, that is a good question. We have specific surgical procedures for pelvic floor dysfunction and there are many areas. They have to be treated as independent areas even though a vagina is a single organ. For urinary stress incontinence, we place a little sling, very small vaginal surgery in the vagina to support the urethra. If a bladder is prolapsing, is herniating through the vaginal wall, then we reconstruct the tissue between the bladder and the vagina or now we can place a graft that behaves like a hammock to support the bladder. So yes, there are many techniques now to solve that problem.
Dr. Luis Sanz leads Urogynecology & Pelvic Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, focusing on pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence and prolapse (bulging) of the vagina, bladder and/or uterus. In addition to Dr. Sanz's particular interest in the subspecialty of Urogynecology, he also sees patients for standard gynecological exams and treatment.
Dr. Sanz is a Professor, Scholar Track, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also formerly served as Vice Chairman and Chief of the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He was also Director of Georgetown's Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction Clinic.
A member of AOA (Medical Honor Society), Dr. Sanz's prior academic appointments and professional experience also include: Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital and Director, Colposcopy Clinic and Gynecologic Cancer Detection Center (D.C. General Hospital, Georgetown University Service). Among the professional organizations to which Dr. Sanz belongs are: American Association of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecological Urology Society, and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.