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dr.-catherine-ann-matthews-md

Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Urogynecology

3032 Old Clinic Building, 101 Manning Drive; CB 7570
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 966-4717; (919) 966-4131

(Average of 4 in 7 ratings)

Clinical interests: robotic surgery, vaginal surgery, incontinence

Dr. Catherine Matthews is a medical specialist in obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. Dr. Matthews (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Afrikaans. Her professional affiliations include the University of North Carolina Hospitals and VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matthews takes. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Matthews has received include culbertson academic achievement award, UVA; Outstanding Teaching Award, Medical School; and Outstanding teaching award, VCU Medical School.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Urology (Urinary Tract Disease)

5324 McFarland Drive; Suite 310
Durham, NC
(919) 401-1000

Dr. Amie Kawasaki is an obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery specialist in Durham, NC and Raleigh, NC. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Kawasaki graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She has received the distinction of Chief Administrative Resident, Emory University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kawasaki's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida and Duke Medicine.

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nazema-yusuf-siddiqui-md,-mhs

Specializes in Urogynecology, Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics

5324 McFarland Drive; Suite 310
Durham, NC
(919) 684-8111; (919) 401-1000

(Average of 2 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Robotic sacrocolpopexy and hysterectomy; removal of vaginal mesh; treatment of urinary incontinence ... (Read more)

Dr. Nazema Siddiqui sees patients in Durham, NC and Raleigh, NC. Her medical specialties are obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Siddiqui graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic. Her professional affiliations include Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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dr.-mary-lee-jannelli-md

Specializes in Urogynecology

3032 Old Clinic; CB 7570
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 966-4996; (919) 966-4717

Clinical interests: Urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence.

Dr. Mary Jannelli's area of specialization is urogynecology. Dr. Jannelli's areas of clinical interest consist of pelvic prolapse, urinary incontinence, and fecal incontinence. She accepts First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Jannelli trained at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. Dr. Jannelli is conversant in Italian. She is professionally affiliated with Rex Healthcare and the University of North Carolina Hospitals.

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dr.-elizabeth-joanne-geller-md

Specializes in Urogynecology

Department of OB/GYN, Div of Urogynecology; Old Clinic Building, CB 7570
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 966-4131; (919) 966-4717

Clinical interests: Advanced pelvic support and prolapse surgery, urinary and fecal incontinence management, minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Geller is an urogynecology specialist. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Geller's professional affiliations include Rex Healthcare and the University of North Carolina Hospitals. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Geller honors several insurance carriers, including First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers. She has received distinctions including Junior Faculty Development Award, University of North Carolina and Teaching Award, University of North Carolina.

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dr.-anthony-gabriel-visco-md

Specializes in Urogynecology

101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 966-4996; (919) 401-1006

(Average of 3 in 4 ratings)

Clinical interests: Robotic sacrocolpopexy and hysterectomy; slings and other minimally invasive surgeries for the ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Visco is a physician who specializes in urogynecology. Dr. Visco's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Visco trained at Strong Memorial Hospital. His professional affiliations include Rex Healthcare, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke University Hospital.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Urogynecology

101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 445-7222; (919) 401-1000

(Average of 5 in 2 ratings)

Dr. Jennifer Wu's specialties are obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. She practices in Chapel Hill, NC, Durham, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Her professional affiliations include UNC Health Care, Duke University Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Dr. Wu graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wu include: Ob/Gyn Clerkship Teaching Award, Harvard Medical School; AUGS Foundation Scholar, American Urogynecologic Society Foundation; and Golden Tar Heel Medical Student Teaching Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, Dept. of Ob/Gyn.

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alison-catherine-weidner-md

Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology

5324 McFarland Drive; Suite 310
Durham, NC
(919) 620-4467; (919) 684-2471

(Average of 5 in 6 ratings)

Clinical interests: Pelvic-organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, reconstructive pelvic surgery, gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Alison Weidner practices urogynecology. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Weidner's training includes a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Her professional affiliations include Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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cindy-louise-(amundsen)-amundsen-(cross)-md

Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Urogynecology

Box 3192
Durham, NC
(919) 620-4467; (919) 401-1006

Clinical interests: Surgical treatment of urinary incontinence; mid-urethral slings; InterStim therapy; posterior ... (Read more)

Dr. Cindy Amundsen's specialties are obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. Dr. Amundsen is affiliated with Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital. After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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dr.-ellen-casper-wells-md

Specializes in Urogynecology

3032 Old Clinic Building; CB 7570
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 966-4996; (919) 966-4717

Clinical interests: Urinary incontinence, pelvic support surgery, advanced gynecologic surgery.

Dr. Ellen Wells is an urogynecologist in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Wells's hospital/clinic affiliations include Rex Healthcare and the University of North Carolina Hospitals. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a graduate of UNC Hospitals' residency program. She is an in-network provider for First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Urogynecology

Box 3951
Durham, NC

Dr. Carlos Bolden is a physician who specializes in obstetrics, urogynecology, and maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He is affiliated with Durham VA Medical Center, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke University Hospital. Dr. Bolden attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Service Champion Award, Duke University Medical Center.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Oncology (Cancer Care), Urogynecology

Box 3951
Durham, NC
(919) 668-2591

Dr. Paige Walter is a medical specialist in obstetrics, urogynecology, and oncology (cancer care). She attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Walter is professionally affiliated with Durham VA Medical Center, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke University Hospital.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology

Box 3951
Durham, NC
(919) 684-8111

Clinical interests: Reproductive

Dr. Micael Lopez is a specialist in obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Duke Regional Hospital, Duke University Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Dr. Lopez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecologic Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Urogynecology

109 Tweed Place
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 489-8821

Dr. Firooz Bordbar is an obstetrician, urogynecologist, and maternal-fetal medicine specialist. He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Urogynecology

Box 3951
Durham, NC
(919) 684-8111

Dr. Sarah Dotters-Katz is an obstetrician, urogynecologist, and maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Durham, NC. Dr. Dotters-Katz graduated from Dartmouth Medical School. She is professionally affiliated with Duke University Hospital.

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Specializes in Urogynecology

5324 McFarland Drive; Suite 310
Durham, NC
(919) 401-1006; (919) 684-8111

Dr. Autumn Edenfield specializes in urogynecology. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Edenfield is professionally affiliated with Duke University Hospital.

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What is Urogynecology?

Urogynecology, sometimes called by the longer but more descriptive name 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 urogynecologists 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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