FEMALE UROLOGY


Due to embarrassment, urinary tract disorders are under-reported and under-treated.
Urinary incontinence is twice as common in women as in men and far more common in older women than in younger ones.
It is estimated that 10% of American women under the age of 65 have urinary incontinence compared to 35% of those older than 65.
People with interstitial cystitis (IC) have an inflamed, or irritated, bladder wall that can lead to stiffening of the bladder and decreased bladder capacity



Specialists

Jacek L. Mostwin, M.D., D. Phil.
Edward James Wright, M.D.

We place the well-being of our patients at the center of everything we do.

UUrology experts at the Brady Urological Institute have a primary interest in urological disorders affecting women, from the simplest disorder to the most complicated. These include recurrent urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, pelvic prolapse, and aesthetic concerns of the vagina and labia. Our specialists are committed to preserving patient dignity and providing the highest quality care and comfort in a truly compassionate environment. Because of clinical and technological advances in the past two decades, we are more knowledgeable and better equipped to diagnose and treat disorders of the lower urinary tract in women.

Our specialists offer a complete array of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for patients with bladder, lower urinary tract, and pelvic floor problems. Highly sophisticated technology is used for the evaluation of voiding disorders, including an advanced computerized urodynamics laboratory. Many of our diagnostic tests and treatments can be performed in the doctor's office.

Johns Hopkins female urology experts take a unique approach to the female patient, emphasizing not only quality of care but quality of life. A wide variety of advanced techniques are used for the evaluation, management, and treatment of incontinence. In all incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and prolapse cases, treatment- whether it be medication, behavioral therapy, or the injection of urethral bulking agents-is individualized to the desires of the patient. This special approach reduces the likelihood of treatment complications or failure. There is also special emphasis on the surgical reconstruction of lower urinary tract abnormalities, such as complex pelvic prolapse, urethral diverticula, and genitourinary fistulae.

Our ongoing research efforts in female urology, under the direction of E. James Wright, M.D., the Director of Neurourology, and Chief of Urology at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, promise new therapies in the future. Dr. Wright's ongoing five-year study of pelvic floor disorders is bound to offer new solutions to these often complicated conditions. Dr. Wright and his colleagues are actively involved in discovering new ways to treat all types of voiding disorders. Minimally invasive transvaginal procedures have now taken the place of traditional abdominal surgery for fixing complex prolapse problems, allowing patients to return home the day after surgery.