We found 5 female pelvic medicine specialists who accept MultiPlan near Chicago, IL.
Dr. Sandra Valaitis is a specialist in urogynecology. In addition to English, Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks Lithuanian and Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: rectocele, urodynamic testing, and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Valaitis's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Valaitis completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.
Clinical interests: Urogynecology, Reconstructive pelvic surgery, Botox therapy, Cystocele, Minimally invasive surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Christina Lewicky-Gaupp is a physician who specializes in urogynecology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), pelvic reconstructive surgery, and pelvic prolapse. Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is open to new patients.
Clinical interests: Female Urinary Incontinence, Genitourinary Fistula Repair, Overactive Bladder, Pelvic Floor Injury ... (Read more)
Dr. Kimberly Kenton is an urogynecologist. Her areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and gynecologic surgery. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kenton attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Kenton completed her residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is accepting new patients.
Clinical interests: Female Urinary Incontinence, Genitourinary Fistula Repair, Gynecologic Surgery, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)
Dr. Soo Kwon is a specialist in urogynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kwon average 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Kwon's practice, Dr. Kwon is particularly interested in cystoscopy (bladder endoscopy), urodynamics (bladder function test), and da vinci surgery. Dr. Kwon is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Kwon's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Kwon is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).
Clinical interests: Cystoscopy, Davinci Robotic Surgery, Urodynamics, Urogynecology
Dr. Margaret Mueller is a physician who specializes in urogynecology. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and gynecologic surgery. Dr. Mueller takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.
Clinical interests: Botox Injections, Genitourinary Fistula Repair, Gynecologic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)
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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.