New specialty to help with pelvic floor disorders - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

New specialty to help with pelvic floor disorders

Dr. Roger Yandell, an Ob/Gyn and Texas Tech Physician (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Roger Yandell, an Ob/Gyn and Texas Tech Physician (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Isn't it amazing how many commercials we see today that come right out and talk about what was once considered a private, embarrassing problem for women?

That's bladder leakage.

At least today, women are finding out that Pelvic Floor Disorders put them in a very large sorority.

It's estimated that at least 1 in 3 women will end up with the problem someday.

Dr. Roger Yandell, an Ob/Gyn and Texas Tech Physician, says as our population grows, that number is going to keep climbing and there will be more and more complicated surgeries because of it.

Often, pelvic surgeries need to be repeated.  And he says that gets more difficult and takes a lot more expertise from a surgical standpoint.

Dr. Yandell says, "The other side of this is a lot of women have surgery that didn't actually need it. They can be treated with pessaries or other simple medications and not have surgery done."

A pessary is a device placed into the vagina to help support the pelvic organ.

Dr. Yandell says science has come to realize that pelvic floor disorders are really very complicated and require further training than the standard Ob/Gyn or urology practice.

So now there is a sub-specialty referred to as Uro-Gyn, which basically combines urology and gynecology with advanced training in both.

Dr. Yandell says a doctor who is board certified in that sub-specialty is better trained to do a minimal amount of surgery and do it correctly the first time so repeated surgeries are not necessary.

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