Female Pelvic Floor Disorder Seminar to Explore Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

03/19/2015

(Bangor, Maine) – Pelvic pressure, lower back pain, chronic urinary tract infections, urinary or stool leakage, and difficult bowel movements can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. These symptoms may be caused by pelvic floor disorder, a medical problem affecting more than one-third of women in the United States. Women experiencing these issues can better understand this medical condition as well as the available treatment options by attending a free EMMC community seminar on Tuesday, March 31 beginning at 5:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.

The muscles that make up the pelvic floor form a sling, or hammock, that helps keep the pelvic organs in place. Childbirth, pelvic surgery, obesity, and repeated heavy lifting can stretch these muscles, leading to pelvic floor disorder.

"We care for women with pelvic floor issues every day,” says Lindsey Kerr, MD, an EMMC urology and pelvic floor medicine physician. “These conditions are quite common, and the good news is we have the expertise at EMMC to successfully treat them. The options range from exercise and naturopathic treatments to medications or minimally invasive surgery. We tailor all treatments to our patients’ needs"

Dr. Kerr will be joined at the event by Jean Larson, MD, gastroenterologist, and Sophia Villanueva, MD, colorectal surgeon. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm, the presentation will begin at 6 pm, and questions are encouraged. There is no cost to attend. Registration is required by visiting pelvicfloor.emmc.org or by calling 947-0469.