Kristin Jacobs, MD – Rush University Medical Center

I treat pelvic floor disorders in women. Those include pelvic organ prolapse — or
relaxation of the pelvic floor — urinary issues, including overactive bladder, urinary
incontinence and urinary retention — fecal urgency and incontinence, as well as complicated
obstetrical lacerations, and fistula. I think a lot of women push some of these
conditions to the side — they think it’s a normal part of aging. It’s definitely common, but I wouldn’t
consider it normal. So when women start to feel bothered, they
should at least come in and be seen by us, so we can give them their options. We have both nonsurgical and surgical options
for many of these conditions, and we really want to see women before it’s affecting
their quality of life. Our surgical-based repairs are mainly all
minimally invasive. We do laparoscopic repair, robotic-assisted
laparoscopic surgeries, but the greatest thing actually is kind of one of the oldest procedures
we do — vaginal surgery. There’s no incisions on the abdomen. There’s a small incision inside the vagina. We can do great repairs via that approach
with high rates of success and women are back on their feet and feeling good the same night
— if not the next morning — and it’s a great thing to be able to offer our patients.

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