Megan Schimpf, M.D., explains pelvic floor anatomy to a patient.

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Pelvic Floor Disorders Clinic expands access

issue 22 | Fall 2014

The multidisciplinary University of Michigan Pelvic Floor Disorders Clinic's nationally and internationally recognized physicians are uniquely qualified to address problems resulting from muscle laxity in the pelvic floor, such as organ prolapse and urinary or fecal incontinence. Comprehensive services include medical and surgical treatments, some of which employ minimally invasive techniques that can be performed in the office or on an outpatient basis.

The main clinic, located at U-M's Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital in Ann Arbor, has recently been joined by two additional locations, in Northville and Midland.

Megan Schimpf, M.D., associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who is board certified and fellowship trained in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, stresses that many pelvic floor problems viewed as incurable by older generations of women can now be successfully treated. Newer approaches to treatment used by the clinic are leading to long-term success without some complications that women may have heard about. The physicians at U-M have experience and success in treating women who have problems despite several surgeries for this problem before, including women who have had surgical complications.

"We have had great success in restoring pelvic anatomy without the use of mesh," Schimpf says. "Women report that we can give them their lives back."

Schimpf also points out that while not immediately life-threatening, pelvic floor disorders are socially debilitating; women with these concerns generally do not discuss them with family or friends and can become very isolated. The new locations and large team of providers will permit more access for patients who may not have been able to be seen before.

"Referring physicians should know that we are strongly motivated to help these patients and we have an armamentarium of new therapies that we choose from based on each specific woman's needs," Schimpf says. "We do everything we can to get them seen as soon as possible."