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Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

As a specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology), Dr. Morrissey is trained to care for women who experience disorders with the pelvic floor – the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and nerves that help support and control the pelvic organs (the uterus, vagina, bladder, and rectum).

Common pelvic floor disorders include:

  • Incontinence – leaking or loss of bladder or bowel control

  • Prolapse – weakening of the pelvic muscles that cause the pelvic organs to descend

  • Emptying disorders – difficulty urinating or moving bowels, including chronic constipation

  • Pelvic discomfort – pain or burning in the pelvis

  • Overactive bladder – urge to urinate frequently

  • Fistulas - abnormal connections between the bladder and vagina or the rectum and vagina that can cause constant and debilitating urine or stool leakage

Childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic diseases, surgery, or simply natural aging can weaken the pelvic floor and cause these (and other) pelvic floor disorders.  Treatments for pelvic floor disorders include:

  • Behavioral and dietary modifications

  • Physical therapy

  • Medication

  • Biofeedback

  • Nerve modulation

  • Pessary

  • Surgery, most often minimally-invasive

One-third of all women will experience a pelvic floor condition within their lifetime.  Yet, millions suffer in silence because of the embarrassment and stigma that often accompanies these conditions.  With a compassionate approach that respects the privacy, dignity, and comfort of the patient, Dr. Morrissey utilizes her extensive training to accurately evaluate her patient’s condition and provide effective, individualized treatment to help each woman regain her quality of life.

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