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Women's Health

At the Center for Women's Urology at CentraCare Clinic - Adult & Pediatric Urology, we take a team approach to your care. After learning about your unique needs as a woman, you are partnered with the right doctor who can talk to your personal concerns.

Our team will help you overcome problems like leakage and pelvic floor problems, issues that can affect women after giving birth and with age. We also can assist you with tools for prevention, such as kegel exercises.

Conditions & Services

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is a disease where cancer cells form in the tissues of the bladder.

Signs and symptoms of bladder cancer are:

  • Blood in the urine (slightly rusty to bright red in color)
  • Frequent passing of urine
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Lower back pain

CentraCare Clinic - Adult & Pediatric Urology provides several tests that can find bladder cancer, such as cystoscopy.

Treatment options depend on the stage of bladder cancer. It can include:

  • Surgery. We use the latest minimally invasive techniques, such as the da Vinci robot.
  • Biologic therapy
  • Radiation/chemotherapy. We provide treatment in partnership with the Coborn Cancer Center.
  • A mixture of all the above.

Bladder Reconstruction

When the bladder is surgically removed due to cancer or some other health problem, your surgeon will make a new channel for urine to pass from your body. This procedure is known as bladder reconstruction or urinary diversion.

Genitourinary Fistulas

Genitourinary fistulas are abnormal connections between urinary structures and nearby organs. Oftentimes surgery is needed to make the repair. Symptoms include urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection and passing gas from the bladder.

Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome is chronic swelling of the bladder. Symptoms are uncomfortable bladder pressure, bladder pain and mild to severe pain in your pelvis. The severity of symptoms can change, and some people may go through a time of remission. This health problem occurs most often in women, but also can affect men and children. While there is no cure for IC, some medicines and other therapies, such as pain management and dietary changes, can offer relief.

Interstitial Cystitis Network Food List App

A food app is available to help those with urinary discomfort choose foods that will soothe rather than irritate their bladders. Learn more.

Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both kidneys.

Kidney cancer doesn't usually cause symptoms at first. It's often discovered by imaging tests — tests that produce pictures of the inside of the body — that are done for other reasons.

Whenever possible, doctors use surgery to remove kidney cancer. Known as a nephrectomy, we may perform this surgery with a da Vinci robot. When surgery isn't possible, doctors may use radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted therapy. We provide treatment in partnership with the Coborn Cancer Center.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are hard masses. They form from crystals that separate from the urine. They can be found any place along the urinary tract. Family history, dietary habits, water use and certain health problems may all play a role in the formation of the stones.

Symptoms of stones can vary in severity and may include:

  • Bloody urine
  • Excruciating back or stomach pain
  • Pain and/or irritation with passing of urine
  • Upset belly
  • Throwing up
  • Reoccurring urinary tract infections (UTI).

Treatment may include extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), one of the most common ways of treating stones. ESWL can be performed right away and onsite at CentraCare Clinic - Adult & Pediatric Urology.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when organs such as your bladder or vagina slip, or prolapse, from their normal spot. This can happen when the muscles and ligaments that hold your pelvic organs in place get weak or stretched from giving birth, menopause or surgery.

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is the accidental release of urine that occurs when you sneeze, cough, laugh, jog, or do other things that put pressure on your bladder. It's the most common type of incontinence in women.

Don't let this health problem affect your quality of life or your self-confidence.

Take our bladder satisfaction survey to see if you are ready to make a change.

Transvaginal Mesh Complications

Transvaginal mesh problems have been in the news lately. Surgical mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. While rare, there have been reports of problems linked to some mesh procedures. CentraCare Clinic – Adult & Pediatric Urology is one of only two programs in Minnesota with a doctor trained to treat these complications.

Ureteral and Renal Reconstruction

Reconstruction of the tubes that drain urine may be needed due to congenital issues, trauma or injury.

Urethral Stricture Disease

A urethral stricture is a scar in or around the urethra, which is the tube urine passes through after leaving the bladder. This scar can block the flow of urine and is the result of swelling, injury or infection. Treatment options vary depending on the length, place and degree of scar tissue.  CentraCare Clinic – Adult & Pediatric Urology is one of only two programs in Minnesota with a doctor trained to treat these complications with surgical reconstruction.

Urinary Urgency/Urge Incontinence/Overactive Bladder

Urinary urgency is defined as an abnormally sudden urge to pass urine. When you have an involuntary loss of urine after this urge, it is known as urge incontinence. Urge incontinence also can be called overactive bladder.

"Living with it," isn't living. Treatments are available and we can help.

Take our bladder satisfaction survey to see if treatment is right for you!

 

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