We found 5 female pelvic medicine specialists who accept Medicare near Raleigh, NC.

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Dr. Amie Kawasaki, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
2406 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. Amie Kawasaki practices urogynecology in Raleigh, NC and Durham, NC. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Kawasaki is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Optima Health. She has received the distinction of Chief Administrative Resident, Emory University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kawasaki's hospital/clinic affiliations include Duke Raleigh Hospital and Duke University Hospital.

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Dr. Nazema Yusuf Siddiqui, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
2406 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. Nazema Siddiqui's area of specialization is urogynecology. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at MetroHealth Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic for residency. Dr. Siddiqui is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Duke Raleigh Hospital and Duke University Hospital.

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Dr. Alison Catherine Weidner, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
2406 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. Alison Weidner is a medical specialist in urogynecology. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for residency. Dr. Weidner is affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital and Duke University Hospital.

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Dr. Anthony Gabriel Visco, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
2406 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. Anthony Visco works as an urogynecologist. He is professionally affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital and Duke University Hospital. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of Strong Memorial Hospital's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Visco is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Cindy Louise Amundsen, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Urogynecology
3400 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. Cindy Amundsen works as an obstetrician and urogynecologist in Durham, NC and Raleigh, NC. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Amundsen accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital and Duke University Hospital.

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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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