Monday, August 12, 2013

Loyola to Offer First Pelvic Wellness Program for New Moms in Chicago Area

Clinic to help women recover from pelvic floor disorders related to pregnancy, childbirth

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System has established the first multidisciplinary program in the Chicago area to help women recover from pelvic floor disorders related to pregnancy and childbirth.

These issues can include urine leakage, bowel incontinence, pelvic and lower back pain, episiotomy complications, vaginal and vulvar healing problems, sexual dysfunction and other pelvic healthissues associated with childbirth.

“Many women develop treatable pelvic floor problems during pregnancy and after childbirth, yet they tend to suffer alone without effective care,” said Cynthia Brincat, MD, PhD, urogynecologist, LUHS, and an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. “Our Mother’s Pelvic Wellness Program was established to respond to this need and to help women recover from pregnancy and childbirth, so that they can enjoy this exciting time in their life.”

Loyola’s program combines the expertise of the nation’s most recognized leaders in female pelvic floor disorders who are transforming the care of women with these conditions. Rehabilitative and urogynecology specialists offer individualized treatment to help women achieve optimal pelvic health during pregnancy and up to a year after childbirth. The focus of the Mother’s Pelvic Wellness Program is education, treatment, planning for future delivery and counseling for long-term pelvic health.

The program is available to women on the first and third Thursday afternoons of the month at the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge located at 6800 N. Frontage Road. The multidisciplinary team provides care to women regardless of where they are planning to deliver or where their baby was born.

To make an appointment, call central scheduling at (888) LUHS-888 and ask for the Mother’s Pelvic Wellness Program.

About Loyola University Health System

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. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At 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 Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.