Minimally Invasive Urogynecology

Urinary incontinence, pelvic organ support problems and bladder disorders affect the health and quality of life of millions of women of all ages.

Physicians in the Urogynecology Division at Hartford Hospital are specially trained to diagnose, educate and treat women for these disorders.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut physicians lead the region in providing minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.

Traditionally, surgical procedures such as a sacral colpopexy for apical vaginal prolapse and a retropubic urethropexy for incontinence have been associated with large abdominal incisions and lengthy recovery.
The use of laparoscopy has been very successful in helping decrease the need for an open incision and shorten recovery time. Unfortunately, these laparoscopic procedures can sometimes be technically difficult, multifaceted and require large amounts of suturing.
With the introduction of robotic surgery to this discipline, physicians have been able to perform the same procedures with greater ease, reducing postoperative discomfort for patients and, most importantly, achieving similar positive results. Surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence using a urethral 'sling' may be done vaginally with 2 tiny incisions in 30 minutes as an outpatient procedure.
All patients who have symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse and/or incontinence are possible candidates for these procedures. 

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