Below are some of the specialty services that we offer:
Osteoporosis fractures can rob you of your independence and quality of life because of chronic pain and loss of mobility. It is estimated that one in seven women will have a hip fracture during their lifetime. A bone density test (often called a Dexa Scan) can assess the density or “strength” of your bones. A Dexa scan is similar to an x-ray of your spine and hips. With the results of the Dexa scan your doctor can give you recommendations to treat loss that has already occurred and prevent further bone loss in the future. Women in menopause are advised to get Dexa scans periodically. You should have your serial Dexa scans done on the same machine so that the results can be interpreted more reliably. Ask your doctor if you should get a Dexa scan.
If you want to learn more, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s web site at www.nof.org
Urinary Continence and Urogynecology Services
Loss of urine (incontinence) is a surprisingly common problem seen in women. The cause of the urine loss may be due to “bladder spasms” (overactive bladder), a “dropped bladder” (a cystocele) or an overly mobile urethra (urethral hypermobility) for example. ParkWest Women’s Health offers a procedure called Urodynamics whereby the bladder is back-filled with sterile water to see what might be the cause of incontinence. In this way, the correct treatment plan can be designed specifically for you. Treatments might include medication, surgery to support the bladder or urethra, physical therapy with biofeedback, use of a pessary – a support that goes into the vagina to support the bladder and/or urethra – or a combination of these. Please discuss with your doctor any symptoms above that you may have to see what can be done for you.
Sometimes the pelvic support of the uterus or vaginal wall is weakened and there may be a sense of pressure or “fullness” in the vagina with walking, lifting or at the end of a long day on your feet. You might have a “fallen bladder” (cystocele) or pressure of the rectum into the lower vagina (a rectocele) or a “dropped uterus” (uterine prolapse. Sometimes the vagina after a hysterectomy can “fall” as well. Discuss with your doctor any concerns you might have if some of the above symptoms apply to you).