Dr. Elizabeth Mueller is division director of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. In an interview with WJOL radio, she talks about pelvic-floor disorders and how some doctors now offer care for conditions that involve both urology and gynecology.
She says records show that at least 1 in 8 women will have problems with urinary incontinence or pelvic-organ prolapse. Both women and men can experience leakage, but women are more prone to this condition after having children. Risk factors for pelvic-floor disorders are childbirth, age, obesity, smoking and connective tissue problems.
She talks about the different treatment options now available to help women with leakage. These conditions are not life-threatening, but they are certainly life-altering. Her group also conducts research and she talks about a comparison study on robotic and laparoscopic surgery. Her group has trained more future doctors than any other program in Chicago and her team is truly integrated. Dr. Mueller's team is now studying the bacteria flora and fauna of the urinary tract and anatomical studies.
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