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We found 8 providers with an interest in pelvic prolapse and who accept CIGNA HMO near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Sandra Rasa Valaitis, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sandra Valaitis practices urogynecology in Chicago, IL, Riverside, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Her clinical interests include rectocele (posterior prolapse), urodynamic testing, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). Dr. Valaitis accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Valaitis attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Valaitis has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Lithuanian and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), uterine prolapse, pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Botox Injection, Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christina Lewicky-Gaupp Lewicky-Gaupp, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 950; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Christina Lewicky-Gaupp is an urogynecology specialist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in urge incontinence (overactive bladder), pelvic reconstructive surgery, and pelvic organ prolapse. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp accepts. Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp's education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urologic Disorders, Injuries, Urge Incontinence, Labor and Delivery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly Sue Kenton, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 950; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kimberly Kenton is an urogynecology specialist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and gynecologic surgery. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kenton takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Kenton performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urologic Disorders, Gynecologic Surgery, Injuries, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Abble Collins, MS, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 950; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sarah Collins is a specialist in urogynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Collins include minimally invasive surgery, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS), and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Collins's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Collins's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urologic Disorders, Gynecologic Surgery, Injuries, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Chance Hairston, MD
Specializes in Urology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 950; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Hairston specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: pelvic reconstructive surgery, vaginal prolapse, and incontinence. Dr. Hairston honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Hairston is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Incontinence, Urologic Disorders, Urologic Surgery, Neuro-Urologic Disorders, Genitourinary ... (Read more)

Dr. Patricia Faber Katz, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1880; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Patricia Katz specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Chicago, IL. In addition to English, she speaks French. Clinical interests for Dr. Katz include colposcopy, menopause, and menstrual disorders. Dr. Katz is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Katz takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic Surgery, Essure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc Stuart Feldstein, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Marc Feldstein practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Chicago, IL and Glenview, IL. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Feldstein attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Feldstein's clinical interests include colposcopy, menopause, and menstrual disorders. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Feldstein has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , uterine prolapse, pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Uterine Prolapse, Osteoporosis, Hysteroscopy, Ultrasound, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret G Mueller, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 950; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Margaret Mueller practices urogynecology in Chicago, IL and Lake Forest, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and gynecologic surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mueller honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mueller is accepting new patients. She attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Botox Injection, Urinary Incontinence, Labor and Delivery, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic ... (Read more)

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What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is the bulging of pelvic organs into the vaginal canal due to a weak pelvic floor, causing symptoms like discomfort, pain, urinary problems, and constipation. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the pelvic organs, which are made up of the bladder, rectum, small bowel, uterus, and vagina. Vaginal childbirth, menopause, pelvic surgery, radiation treatments, or being extremely overweight may cause the pelvic floor to weaken. Pelvic organ prolapse is a very common disorder among women, particularly for those who are over 50.

The choice of treatment for pelvic organ prolapse depends on the severity of the condition. Mild to moderate prolapse may be managed by doing pelvic floor strengthening exercises, taking hormone replacement therapy, or using pessaries. Pessaries are small devices inserted into the vagina to help support the pelvic organs. Pessary fitting is a quick procedure done in a doctor’s office. For severe prolapse, surgical treatment may be necessary. Pelvic organ prolapse surgery repairs the following:

  • Cystocele or bladder prolapse, where the bladder sags into the vagina. The surgeon repairs a cystocele by strengthening the front wall of the vagina using stitches so that the bladder will no longer sag.
  • Enterocele or small bowel prolapse, which occurs when the small bowel descends towards the vagina. To correct an enterocele, the tissues between the small bowel and the vagina are sewn together, allowing them to provide more support.
  • Rectocele or posterior prolapse, which is the bulging of the front wall of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina. Surgery to repair a rectocele removes the excess stretched tissue between the rectum and vagina.
  • Uterine prolapse, which occurs when the uterus slips down to the vagina. To treat a uterine prolapse, the surgeon may secure the neck of the uterus (called cervix) to a ligament in the pelvis using stitches. Another option for this type of prolapse is a vaginal hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus.
Each of these procedures is performed through a vaginal incision, but an enterocele repair may use the abdominal approach as an alternative. If two or more pelvic organs have prolapsed, a combination of any of these procedures may be performed during the same surgical session.

For women who no longer wish to have intercourse, an operation called colpocleisis may be a surgical option as well. By closing the vaginal canal, colpocleisis treats pelvic organ prolapse and eliminates any risk of its recurrence.

In most instances, pelvic organ prolapse surgery only requires a hospital stay of one day. You may experience vaginal bleeding for the first few weeks following surgery. If this happens, you should use sanitary pads rather than tampons, as a higher risk of infection is associated with the use of tampons. To further help with your recovery, you should begin doing gentle pelvic floor strengthening exercises a few days after surgery. Doing these exercises at least three times a day as a routine tightens your pelvic floor muscles and prevents the recurrence of prolapse.