Pelvic Health and Continence Center

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The Pelvic Health and Continence Team

Our physicians and other care givers specialize in health issues related to the pelvic region, and provide therapeutic, medical and surgical solutions to pelvic health problems. Services are offered in colon and rectal surgery, gynecology, urogynecology, and urology. This care is enhanced with on-site physical therapy, radiology, pain management, and psychology services.

This unique approach allows the team members to collaborate and work together to provide personalized care and the utmost convenience to our patients in the Pelvic Health and Continence Center at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes. Please take a moment to meet our team, below:


Colon and Rectal Surgery

A colon and rectal surgeon is an expert in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon and rectal problems. He has completed advanced training in the treatment of colon and rectal problems in addition to full training in general surgery. Colon and rectal surgeons treat benign and malignant conditions, perform routine screening and examinations and surgically treat problems when necessary.


Aakash H. Gajjar, M.D., F.A.C.S. 


Nancy E. Ross, FNP

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Urogynecology - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Urogynecologists are experts in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of various disorders of the pelvic floor. Our urogynecology team is headed by two board certified, fellowship-trained subspecialists in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. In our outpatient setting; they are equipped to perform extremely specific and sophisticated tests which can help diagnose a wide variety of urogynecologic problems.

Following a complete evaluation, our physicians will tailor a treatment plan based for each patient based on their findings and the patient's wishes.

 Dr. Tristi Muir
Tristi Muir, M.D.

 Dr. Catalin Jurnalov
Catalin Jurnalov, M.D.

Eleanor Forbes, MSN, RN
Eleanor M. W. Forbes, MSN, RN 

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Urology

Urologists are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with urological disorders. Our UTMB urology faculty members decades of experience and diverse areas of specialization, ranging from laser treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia to prostate ultrasound. Our urologists are:

Dr. Joseph Sonstein
Joseph Sonstein, M.D.

Dr. Susan Tarry
Dr. Susan Tarry, M.D.

Sidney A. Worsham III, MD
Dr. Sidney A. Worsham, III, M.D.

 

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Psychology

As part of its comprehensive services, our center offers a clinical health psychology service. With a focus on women's health, patient care services are provided in pain management, sexual health, and rehabilitation.

Our psychology team provides expertise, research, and training related to pain management, women's health, pelvic pain, sexual functioning and quality of life issues, all with a focus on women. His expertise extends to translational research (carrying the latest techniques from discovery to clinical application), psychological assessment, individual and family counseling, sexual functioning assessment, sexual abuse counseling, teaching, consultation and program planning, and program evaluation.

Dr. Jeff Temple
Jeff Temple, Ph.D

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Gynecology and Sexual Health

Sexual Medicine includes all aspects of sexual health, including low sexual desire, orgasmic disorders, pelvic pain, marital issues, family planning and menopausal assessment and treatment.

Catherine Hansen, MD, MPH
Catherine Hansen, M.D.

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Physical Therapy

The physical therapist (PT) works with patients with disabilities of the muscular, skeletal, neurological, circulatory, and respiratory systems. Physical therapists are also involved in prevention programs to assist people of all ages in maintaining health and physical fitness. Specializing in disorders of the pelvic floor, our PT's Starr Stanich and Carla Czevegny offer patients a variety of treatment options.

They plan and administer individualized treatment programs that are designed to restore functional movement, relieve pain, promote healing and recovery and, when necessary, help adapt to an ongoing disability. Our physical therapy staff consults with other members of your health care team, evaluates you as a patient, and reviews your medical record to help build a treatment plan and program for your optimal health outcome.

 Carla Czevegeny
Carla Czervenny, PT

 Starr Stanich
Star Stanich, PT, MS

 Carolyn Utsey
Carolyn Utsey, PT, PHD

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What is Pelvic Health?

Pelvic health is an emerging field of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and physical therapists, specialize in problems related to the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the pelvic floor, the bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum. Treatment of these complex problems requires recognition of the shared functionality and importance of pelvic structures, which is provided by a team of Urogynecologist, Urologists, and Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Injuries to the pelvic support structures occur during childbirth, heavy lifting, straining such as constipation, menopause, which leads to a weakening of the pelvic floor and a variety of pelvic floor disorders. Symptoms can include sexual dysfunction and pain, pressure, abdominal pain, anemia, and depression.

Pelvic health disorders may be extremely uncomfortable, embarrassing, activity limiting, and painful. Avoidance of treatment can negatively impact the quality of life not just for the patient, but their family, as well. Fortunately, recent national recognition of these underreported and treated problems by the National Institute of Health (NIH) has prompted new interest in the ongoing development our understanding of the disorders of this field. Both medical and surgical treatments are available that can successfully improve and restore pelvic health and continence.

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