Urogynecology & Incontinence Overview
UAB Urogynecologist Holly Richter, M.D., is a leader in treating incontinence in women. Pelvic floor disorders affect approximately half of all women at some point in their lives. Hear Dr. Richter discuss the condition and the options for treatment.
The specialists of the UAB Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery provide professional and sensitive care for women with incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders.
When you visit the Urogyencology Care Clinic, you are provided with a variety of highly effective, non-surgical approaches to incontinence, including medications and support devices. Women needing surgery have available to them the latest, minimally invasive surgical techniques. Many of these allow women to go home the same day and recover quickly.
Half of all women are likely to experience some incontinence in their lifetime, and about 10 percent will have surgery for incontinence and/or prolapse—a bulging of the bladder or vagina often caused by weakened muscles from pregnancy or childbirth. Fortunately, most incontinence problems can be successfully treated.
Our physicians offer a full spectrum of one-on-one services for patients, including:
- Comprehensive clinical evaluation
- Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of urge urinary incontinence and overactive bladder, stress urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, uterine prolapse and other pelvic relaxation problems
- Office fitting and placement of vaginal support device (pessary) for prolapse and stress urinary incontinence
- Behavioral therapy including pelvic floor muscle therapy for urinary and bowel incontinence (biofeedback and electrical stimulation as needed) is offered in collaboration with the Continence Clinic.
- Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence including new minimally invasive vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic approaches
- Neurostimulation therapy for refractory urge urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence and voiding dysfunction
- Botox therapy for refractory urge urinary incontinence
Our Physicians and Nurse Practitioner
Our physicians and nurse practitioner in The Urogynecology Care Clinic work with the physicians and nurse practitioner in the Continence Clinic, a service of the division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. The Continence Clinic provides specialized non-surgical continence care for both women and men.
We provide a treatment plan for each patient’s individual needs. Our staff is experienced in discussing and evaluating these sensitive problems. Following a comprehensive evaluation, treatment may include:
- Bladder studies
- Cystoscopy, in which a thin tube is placed inside the urethra to view the inside of the urethra and bladder
- Urodynamic testing, an evaluation to check the function of the lower urinary tract, which consists of the bladder, urethra and the voluntary and involuntary sphincter muscles
- Bowel studies
- Anorectal physiology studies, tests to evaluate the anal sphincter, pelvic muscles, nerve function and rectal function
To make an appointment, call UAB HeathFinder at 205.934.9999 or toll-free 800.822.8816. To reach the clinic directly, call 205.996.3130.
Urogynecology Care Clinics are located on the 9th floor of the Women & Infants Center and at the Kirklin Clinic. Please confirm the location of your office visit.
UAB Women & Infants Center, 9th Floor
1700 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35249
The Kirklin Clinic, 1st Floor
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233