Comprehensive gynecologic care in Richmond
The expert gynecologists and obstetricians at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital provide unparalleled, trusted care for women in Richmond, Virginia. Our team diagnoses and treats gynecologic conditions and diseases, and when surgery is the best treatment option, our gynecologic surgeons offer cutting-edge techniques using advanced technology.
The Women’s Hospital is proud to be the recipient of the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ for superior performance in gynecologic surgery. This award places our facility in the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for gynecologic surgery.
Find a gynecologist at Henrico Doctors' Hospital
Our hospital offers women in Henrico County the medical care they need to feel their best. Whether you are beginning menopause or in need of a hysterectomy, our staff has the skills and technology to help you stay healthy. We offer a range of gynecologic services, including:
- Well-woman exams
- Minimally invasive and robotic surgical options for gynecologic and bladder concerns
- Full range of gynecologic oncology services
- Reconstructive procedures for vaginal, bladder and rectal prolapse
- Combined gynecologic and plastic reconstructive surgery
- Reproductive endocrinology
Our gynecologic care team
We are proud to offer state-of-the-art care for women of all ages and life stages. Our multidisciplinary team provides focused attention and compassionate treatment for every woman that walks through our doors and is made up of physicians from the following specialties:
- Colorectal surgery
- Primary care
- Pain management
- Physical therapy
An important member of our care team is our women’s health resource navigator. Our navigator will help connect you with specialized services, work closely with you and your providers to facilitate communication and guide you through evaluation, treatment and resolution. Access to our navigator services are complimentary and are part of the ongoing efforts at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to address the needs of women in our community.
To contact the patient navigator, please call (804) 297-1547 .
Center of Pelvic Excellence
Thousands of women of all ages struggle with some form of incontinence or symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse.The uncertainty and discomfort caused by these two conditions can affect a woman’s quality of life in ways big and small, but effective treatment options can be found at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.
Our Center of Pelvic Excellence, located in Richmond, employs a team of physicians from multiple specialties to address your pelvic concerns and form an individualized plan to fit your needs. At the Center of Pelvic Excellence, we are here to start the conversation and offer real solutions so you can take charge of your pelvic health and live your best life.
Do you feel like you are losing control of your bladder? If so, you may be experiencing urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence can occur in different levels of severity and is a problem that many women may find embarrassing or hard to talk about.
The physicians at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital treat urinary continence in a comforting, confidential manner to help ease your discomfort. Don’t let urinary incontinence take control of your life, our physicians offer treatment options to stop or ease the symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Pelvic organ prolapse
Prolapse occurs when part of an organ drops from its normal position and begins bulging (prolapsed) or protruding (herniated) into other regions of the pelvis. Pelvic organ prolapse is caused by damaged or weakened muscles and ligaments that are no longer able to support the pelvic organs. Pelvic organ prolapse can affect the urethra, bladder, rectum and vagina.
Pelvic organ prolapse affects between 45 and 74 percent of women in their lifetime.What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse symptoms can 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 a number of things, including
- Repeated heavy lifting
- Chronic constipation
- Pelvis surgery
- Family history
The organs that are highest risk for pelvic organ prolapse in the female pelvis include the rectum, uterus, bowel and bladder. The following are the clinical terms and procedures associated with each type of pelvic organ prolapse:
- Cystocele—The bladder protrudes into the vagina.
- Enterocele—The small bowel protrudes into the vagina.
- Rectocele—The rectum protrudes into the vagina.
- Uterine prolapse—The uterus protrudes into the vagina.
- Vaginal vault prolapse—The upper section of the vagina drops into the vaginal canal.
Treatment options depend on the type and extent of each patient’s prolapse. Treatment may include both non-surgical and surgical options. Talk with your healthcare provider to find the right treatment for you. Treatments for pelvic organ prolapse at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital include:
- Exercise—Activities, such as performing kegels and other exercises can help strengthen the supportive muscles.
- Pelvic physical therapy or rehabilitation—Therapies and strengthening techniques are used to rebuild strucuture and support for the pelvic organs.
- Biofeedback— A therapy that uses electrical feedback to gain knowledge about the physiological functions.
- Pessary intervention therapy—A plastic device is fitted and inserted to support the pelvic floor and prolapsed organ. It is removable and must be cleaned often and taken out before intercourse.
- Vaginal vault suspension—This is a surgery to repair a bulge. The bladder and bowels are attached at 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 is most often performed using minimally invasive surgery.
- Cystocele repair— This is a surgery to return the bladder back to its normal position.
- Rectocele repair—This is a surgery to return the rectum back to its normal position.