We found 5 female pelvic medicine specialists who accept Anthem EPO near Long Beach, CA.

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Dr. Gamal M. M Ghoniem, MD
Specializes in Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
3rd Floor, Todd Cancer Pavilion; 2810 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Gamal Ghoniem is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease) and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ghoniem graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. In his practice, he is particularly interested in neurogenic bladder, urinary retention, and urinary incontinence. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghoniem has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America - Urology; Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion, National Association for Continence; and Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center, VA Long Beach Healthcare System, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Urinary Incontinence, Neurogenic Bladder, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Urinary Retention

Dr. Judy M Choi, MD
Specializes in Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
2810 Long Beach Boulevard; Todd Cancer Pavilion
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Judy Choi is an urologist and female pelvic medicine specialist. Dr. Choi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Korean. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Choi honors.

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Specializes in Urogynecology
2880 Atlantic Avenue; Suite 200
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Janine Jensen is an urogynecology specialist in Newport Beach, CA and Long Beach, CA. Dr. Jensen is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. She studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Patient ratings for Dr. Jensen average 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jensen takes. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Narender Nath Bhatia, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Urogynecology
701 E 28th Street; Suite 212
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Narender Bhatia, who practices in Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in obstetrics and urogynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bhatia include gynecologic surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Bhatia is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.

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Clinical interests: Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Hiren Patel, DO
Specializes in Urogynecology
2865 Atlantic Avenue; Suite 110
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Hiren Patel works as an urogynecologist in Long Beach, CA. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

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What is Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery?

Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery is a medical specialty that focuses specifically on the treatment of pelvic floor disorders in women. A pelvic floor disorder is any pain or dysfunction that occurs in the area surrounded by the pelvis: the uterus, cervix, vagina, bladder, or rectum. There are many kinds of pelvic floor disorders, but by far the two most commonly treated by female pelvic medicine specialists are incontinence and prolapse.

Urinary incontinence is the unexpected release of small amounts of urine. It can be embarrassing, but it is extremely common. Because of the way women’s bodies are shaped, incontinence is much more common in women than in men. It can happen at any age, but is much more common in older women as age and pregnancy relax the muscles that support the bladder. There are two types of incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when sudden movements, such as coughing or laughing, cause slight leakage of urine. It is more likely to be caused by a problem with the muscles around the bladder. Urge incontinence is when a woman has a very sudden need to empty her bladder for no reason, sometimes because of hearing or touching water, and she cannot always make it to the bathroom in time. It is more likely to be caused by a problem with the nerves that signal the bladder to empty.

Prolapse of an organ is a condition that sounds and feels very frightening to most women, but it is also incredibly common and can usually be repaired without problems. One-third of all women will experience a prolapse at some point in their lives. Like incontinence, prolapse is also more common with age because the supporting muscles of the pelvic floor become weaker. A prolapsed organ occurs when the internal organ slips out of its supporting muscle sling and droops or falls into the vagina or rectum. The most common prolapse is when the bladder falls partially into the vagina, but the uterus, urethra, bowels, and even the vagina and rectum themselves can prolapse. Symptoms vary, depending on which organ has shifted, but may include:

  • a heavy feeling or abdominal pressure
  • feeling something in the vagina
  • urinary problems
  • painful intercourse

Treatment varies, depending on the type and severity of the prolapse, and may include strengthening exercises, pushing the organ back into place, or surgery.

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