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Loyola to Open Pelvic Health Center

Multidisciplinary center will treat various pelvic-floor disorders

MAYWOOD, Ill.  -- Loyola University Health System (LUHS) will open a multidisciplinary center to treat women with pelvic-floor disorders beginning today, Wednesday, June 13. Appointments will be available from 2-5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The Pelvic Health Center will be located on the third floor of the Loyola Outpatient Center at 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood.

“This multidisciplinary center will combine the expertise of various specialists to bring comprehensive care to women with pelvic-floor disorders,” said Kimberly Kenton, MD, MS, FACOG, FACS, director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, LUHS. “Our specialists work together to provide care for women in the convenience of a single location."

The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles, ligaments and tissue that support the bladder, vagina, uterus and rectum. Millions of women suffer from pelvic-floor disorders, which can occur from childbirth, heavy lifting, aging and certain chronic medical and neurologic conditions.

Patients who visit the center will benefit from the expertise of urogynecologists, urologists, colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, physiatrists and physical therapists who will be able to comprehensively diagnose and treat a wide range of pelvic-floor conditions, including:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic-organ prolapse
  • Vaginal, rectal, bladder and ureteral fistulas
  • Anal sphincter abnormalities
  • Anal sphincter reconstruction
  • Complications of prior pelvic surgery

Patients will be able to choose treatments for their pelvic-floor condition, including lifestyle modifications, cognitive behavior therapy, pelvic-floor exercises, medication and minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopic or robotic approaches. The center also will offer patients access to state-of-the-art equipment and the latest advances in research.

“Pelvic-floor disorders can significantly compromise a woman’s quality of life,” said Theodore Saclarides, MD, director of the division of Colorectal Surgery, LUHS. “The goal of our clinic is to bring relief to these patients in the most effective and efficient way possible."

To schedule an appointment with the Pelvic Health Center, please call (708) 216-2180.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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