We found 3 female pelvic medicine specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross EPO near San Francisco, CA.

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Dr. Sharon Kathleen Knight, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
2356 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Sharon Knight's specialty is urogynecology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Knight accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Knight trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Dr. Leslee L Subak, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
2356 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Leslee Subak is a specialist in urogynecology. She works in San Francisco, CA. Her clinical interests encompass urge incontinence (overactive bladder). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Subak attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. She is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).

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Clinical interests: Urge Incontinence

Dr. Abner Paul Korn, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
2356 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Abner Korn practices urogynecology. He has a special interest in urge incontinence (overactive bladder). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Korn attended Yale School of Medicine and East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Korn is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Urge Incontinence

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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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