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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 physician who specializes in obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Matthews average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She has received the following distinctions: culbertson academic achievement award, UVA; Outstanding Teaching Award, Medical School; and Outstanding teaching award, VCU Medical School. Dr. Matthews (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Afrikaans. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of North Carolina Hospitals and VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians.

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dr.-amie-kawasaki-md

Specializes in Gynecologic Surgery, Obstetrics, Urogynecology

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

Clinical interests: Obstetrics and gynecology, Pelvic floor disorders

Dr. Amie Kawasaki works as an obstetrician, urogynecologist, and gynecologic surgeon in Durham, NC and Raleigh, NC. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Kawasaki attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kawasaki honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She has received the distinction of Chief Administrative Resident, Emory University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her 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: Obstetrics and gynecology, Pelvic floor disorders

Dr. Nazema Siddiqui's medical specialty is obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. Her professional affiliations include Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Dr. Siddiqui is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic.

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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 works as an urogynecologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Jannelli include pelvic prolapse, urinary incontinence, and fecal incontinence. Dr. Jannelli takes First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston for residency. Dr. Jannelli is conversant in Italian. Her professional affiliations include 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 works as an urogynecologist. Dr. Geller's professional affiliations include Rex Healthcare and the University of North Carolina Hospitals. First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Geller takes. She obtained her medical school training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Geller include: Junior Faculty Development Award, University of North Carolina and Teaching Award, University of North Carolina. Dr. Geller is conversant in Spanish.

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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: Obstetrics and gynecology, Pelvic floor disorders

Dr. Anthony Visco is an urogynecology specialist in Chapel Hill, NC, Durham, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Dr. Visco's professional affiliations include Rex Healthcare, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke University Hospital. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Visco honors Medicare insurance.

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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 specializes in obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery and practices in Chapel Hill, NC, Durham, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Dr. Wu is affiliated with UNC Health Care, Duke University Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. She has received the following distinctions: 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 Urogynecology

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

(Average of 5 in 6 ratings)

Clinical interests: Obstetrics and gynecology, Pelvic floor disorders

Dr. Alison Weidner is an urogynecology specialist in Durham, NC and Raleigh, NC. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weidner is in-network for Medicare insurance. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is affiliated with 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: Obstetrics and gynecology, Pelvic floor disorders, Urology

Dr. Cindy Amundsen, who practices in Durham, NC and Raleigh, NC, is a medical specialist in obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Amundsen is affiliated with Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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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 works as an urogynecologist. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rex Healthcare and the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Wells accepts First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Wells's training includes a residency program at UNC Hospitals.

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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 practices obstetrics, urogynecology, and maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Bolden has received professional recognition including the following: Service Champion Award, Duke University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Durham VA Medical Center, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke University Hospital.

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

Box 3951
Durham, NC
(919) 668-2591

Dr. Paige Walter's areas of specialization are obstetrics, urogynecology, and oncology (cancer care). She graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Walter's professional affiliations include 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's specialties are obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic surgery. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez takes Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Duke Regional Hospital, Duke University Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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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 practices obstetrics, nuclear medicine, and urogynecology in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Bordbar studied medicine at 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, who practices in Durham, NC, is a medical specialist in obstetrics, urogynecology, and maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She is professionally affiliated with Duke University Hospital. Dr. Dotters-Katz attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School.

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Specializes in Urogynecology

5324 McFarland Drive; Suite 310
Durham, NC
(919) 401-1006; (919) 684-2471

Dr. Autumn Edenfield's specialty is urogynecology. Dr. Edenfield graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Edenfield completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). She is 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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