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Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Health

Incontinence and constipation are common problems that can have devastating effects on individuals’ daily lives.  Too often, people are embarrassed to seek treatment, don’t want to travel from specialist to specialist or believe that nothing can be done.

As one of very few centers in the United States to offer a full range of treatments in just one location, St. Elizabeth’s Center for Continence and Pelvic Health helps patients with bowel and urinary problems resume the activities they enjoy.

Every year, our multidisciplinary team of medical and surgical specialists treats hundreds of men and women for urinary and fecal incontinence, leakage, feelings of pressure, or constipation. After undergoing testing and diagnosis at the center, patients return to St. Elizabeth’s to meet with a male or female urologist, a gynecologist and a colorectal surgeon, all in one location, and, typically, all in a single day. The team collaborates with patients in developing a personalized treatment plan, which may involve exercise, dietary changes, medicine, non-invasive or surgical interventions, or advanced procedures.

All of St. Elizabeth’s doctors are board-certified specialists who serve on the faculty of the Tufts University School of Medicine.  Our philosophy is one of compassionate, holistic care in which every patient is treated as an individual.  We work closely with patients and their primary care physicians throughout diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

The Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Health offers many state-of-the-art, minimally invasive therapies. Some, such as a stapling procedure for alleviating chronic constipation, are not yet available at many other hospitals in New England.

Our surgeons are experts at performing:

  • Stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR) procedures for alleviating chronic constipation
  • Sacral nerve simulation, in which electrical simulation is used to restore muscle action in cases of fecal incontinence
  • Injection of materials to stem urinary leakage

Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Health
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