Pelvic Health Clinic

Mater Private Pelvic Health service provides a complete multidisciplinary service to diagnose, treat and manage pelvic floor conditions for both male and female patients.

A pelvic health issue can really affect your quality of life. So the sooner you get it treated the better.

Pelvic floor issues are a common condition that affects both men and women.  

Traditionally, the topic of pelvic problems has been considered too embarrassing, with many people choosing to sacrifice the quality of their life in order to avoid an uncomfortable conversation. 

Such sacrifices are unnecessary with modern diagnostics and therapeutic options which may lead to a significant improvement in the quality of life in patients with pelvic health conditions. You don’t need to just put up with it.

Pelvic issues can indicate underlying conditions in colorectal, gynaecological or urological areas. To address the real cause of the symptoms and provide the best treatment we put together a multidisciplinary team of expert consultants.

Our multidisciplinary team includes urology, colorectal surgery, gynaecology and physiotherapy specialists who provide tailored diagnostic and theraputic options  to address the concerns and meet the real needs of our patients.  

 

Our expert consultants can offer you a wide range of proven treatment options  with excellent outcomes from physical therapy to the latest minimally invasive surgical procedures.

If you are concerned about your Pelvic Floor Health, speak to your GP and ask to be referred to the Mater Private Pelvic Health Clinic.

  • Mater Private Pelvic Heath Clinic is a unique multidisciplinary service offering:

    • A single access point to a multidisciplinary team of expert consultants to efficiently diagnose and hep you take control of your condition
    • Consultant led triage of all referrals to ensure rapid access to specialties appropriate to your symptoms
    • Rapid access to colorectal, urology and gynaecology leading consultants
    • Access to advanced treatment options, including physiotherapy and minimally invasive surgical procedures

Pelvic Floor Disorders, Symptoms and Risk Factors

At the Mater Private Pelvic Health Clinic, our team of specialist consultants provide diagnostic and treatment services for a complete range of pelvic floor disorders.

 

Most common pelvic floor disorders treated include:

  • Bowel incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements. Bowel incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage to a complete loss of stool control.

    It can be caused by a number of factors, including diarrhoea, constipation, previous surgery, rectal prolapse, rectocele and muscle/nerve damage that can occur as a result of aging or giving birth.

    A number of factors can increase the risk of developing bowel incontinence, these include age, being female, having long-standing conditions that lead to nerve damage (such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis), physical disability, dementia. 

    If you are concerned that incontinence is affecting your lifestyle, seek advice from your GP and ask to be referred to the Mater Private Pelvic Health Clinic.

    Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. Urinary incontinence ranges from occasional small leakages to uncontrollable sudden and strong urges to urinate.

    Urinary incontinence can be temporary or persistent.  Temporary urinary incontinence is caused by certain foods and drinks that stimulate your bladder or some common medical conditions such as urinary tract infection or constipation.

    Persistent urinary incontinence is caused by underlying physical problems or changes, such as pregnancy and childbirth, ageing, menopause, previous pelvic surgery (hysterectomy), enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, or neurological disorders that may lead to nerve damage.

    A number of factors may increase the risk of developing urinary incontinence, these include: being female, age, being overweight, smoking, family history or other long-standing diseases.

    If you are concerned that incontinence is affecting your lifestyle seek advice from your GP and ask to be referred to the Mater Private Pelvic Health Clinic.

  • Constipation is persistent infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stool. Whilst it is normal to experience occasional constipation, chronic constipation can have negative impact on a person’s lifestyle.

    Chronic constipation may be caused by bowel obstruction, anal fissure, narrowing of the colon, colon cancer, rectocele, muscle/nerve damage as well as hormonal imbalances.

    Factors that may increase the risk of chronic constipation include age, being a woman, having a low fibre diet, dehydration, low physical activity, having mental illnesses and/or eating disorders, taking certain medication, particularly pain killers (sedatives, narcotics, blood pressure medication and others).

    If you are concerned that constipation is affecting your lifestyle seek advice from your GP and ask to be referred to the Mater Private Pelvic Health Clinic.

  • Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition when the muscles and ligaments supporting female pelvic organs weaken and cause pelvic organs including the bladder, uterus and the small or large bowel to drop lower in the pelvis, creating a bulge in the vagina, uterus, rectum or any combination of the  above.

    Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse may include constant feeling of heaviness or pressure in pelvis, sensation or seeing of bulge or protrusion, urinary and/or bowel incontinence or feeling of incomplete emptying,  painful intercourse.

    Pelvic organ prolapse may be caused by natural childbirth, advancing age and excess weight.

    Factors that may increase the risk  of pelvic organs prolapse include but not limited to vaginal child birth, hysterectomy, ageing, connective tissue abnormalities, chronic straining, family history of prolapse, occupations which entail heavy lifting.

  • Chronic pelvic pain is persistent pain in the lower abdominal and/or the vulva, vagina or perineum that lasts for more than 6 months.

    There are many possible causes of chronic pelvic pain; it can be a symptom of another underlying disease or a condition on its own.  It is often not possible to identify a single cause of pain; therefore, a multidisciplinary approach is necessary, with treatment focusing on reducing your pain and other symptoms.

     

    Causes of pelvic pain

    • Pain can result from structural and non structural causes
    • Structural causes would include for example  chronic anal fissures, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and pelvic congestion syndrome
    • Non structural causes would include for example;
    • Proctalgia fugax, levator ani syndrome
    • Chronic prostatitis, interstitial  cysitis

Treatment Options

  • Complex Urodynamic Analysis
  • Sling Surgery/Colposuspension
  • Urethral Bulking agent
  • Neuro-stimulators (SNS)
  • Reconstructive surgery, incl. correction of prolapse
  • Bladder installations
  • Teaching intermittent catheterisation
  • Personalised Physiotherapy

Conditions

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