Gynecology services in Richmond, Virginia
Henrico Doctors' Hospital, the region's trusted name for quality and excellence in healthcare, is the number one place women in Richmond, VA turn to for healthcare services. We offer an extraordinary team of medical professionals to diagnose and treat gynecologic diseases, and when surgery is the best treatment option, our gynecologic surgeons are well-known for their skill in cutting-edge techniques.
Our board-certified physicians are proud to be a part of the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, providing our patients with the latest technology and advanced surgical options in Central Virginia. With the use of the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System, our patients benefit from better results, less pain and scarring and quicker recovery times.
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital provides state-of-the-art care for women of all ages and life stages.
Our multidisciplinary team includes:
- Your primary care provider
- Colorectal surgeons
- Pain management
- Physical therapists
As part of our team, we have a women’s health resource Navigator who will connect you with these specialized services. She will work closely with you and your providers to facilitate communication and guide you through evaluation, treatment and resolution. Navigator services are complimentary and are part of our ongoing efforts to address the needs of women in the community.
Henrico Doctors' Hospital provides women in the area the services they need to live and feel their best. Whether you’re due for your first mammogram or in need of minimally invasive or even robotic surgery for a specific condition, our staff has the knowledge to get - and keep - you well.
- Digital mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI
- Minimally invasive and robotic surgery for gynecological and bladder concerns
- Full range of gynecologic oncology services
- Reconstructive procedures for vaginal, bladder and rectal prolapse
- Combined gynecologic and plastic reconstructive surgery
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and daVinci robotic surgery
- Reproductive endocrinology
Center of Pelvic Excellence
Every day, thousands of women of all ages cope with some form of incontinence or symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. Yet few women talk about it, suffering silently and feeling alone. Urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can affect a woman’s quality of life in ways big and small.
Prolapse is when part of an organ drops from its normal position, bulging (prolapsed) or protruding (herniated) into other regions of the pelvis. Prolapse is caused by damaged or weakened muscles and ligaments that are no longer equipped to support the pelvic organs. This condition can affect the urethra, bladder, rectum and vagina.
Pelvic organ prolapse affects between 45 to 74 percent of woman in their lifetime.
It is common for women to suffer from the pain of pelvic organ prolapse symptoms for several years before finally talking to their health care providers.
Prolapse symptoms vary and may include:
- Protruding bulge or lump
- Stretching or pulling sensation in the groin
- Vaginal pain, pressure or bleeding
- Difficult or painful intercourse
- Fecal incontinence
- Difficulty having bowel movements or urinary issues
Pelvic organ prolapse can be caused by repeated heavy lifting, chronic constipation, pelvic surgery, menopause but the two primary precursors are pregnancy and childbirth. Aging, obesity and family history also play a part, and your healthcare provider can assist you in identifying whether or not these factors place you at higher risk.
The organs in the female pelvis that are at most risk for prolapse include the rectum, uterus, bowel and bladder. These are the clinical terms and procedures associated with each type of prolapse:
Treatment options vary and depend on the type and extent of the prolapse. There are non-surgical options that may work for you. Talk with your health care provider so that together, you can find the right treatment for your condition.
- Exercise – performing kegels and other exercises can help strengthen supportive muscles. It may be all that’s needed for mild cases
- Pelvic physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Pessary intervention therapy – a plastic device is fitted and inserted to support the pelvic floor and prolapsed organ. It’s removable and must be cleaned often and taken out before intercourse
- Vaginal vault suspension – surgery to repair a bulge. The bladder and bowels are attached to the top of the vagina by stitching them to ligaments in the pelvis
- Abdomino-sacrocolpopexy – a reconstruction using supportive mesh or a graft to repair the prolapse. It’s most often performed using minimally invasive surgery
- Cystocele repair – surgery to return the bladder back to its normal position
- Rectocele repair – surgery to return the rectum back to its normal position
You don’t have to live with the uncertainty and discomfort caused by urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, we’re here to help. Our Center of Pelvic Excellence (COPE) in Richmond, Virginia has clinicians as part of an experienced multidisciplinary team to address your concerns and form a plan with you in mind. At COPE, we are here to start the conversation and offer real solutions so you can be at your best.
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