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Pelvic Health Program

Last Updated 4/23/2013 12:48:08 PM

Pelvic health disorders affect nearly a quarter of all women in the United States. And, as we age, these conditions become more and more common. Chances are you know someone who is currently dealing with a pelvic or reproductive health problem, whether it’s frequent urination, infertility due to endometriosis or uncontrollable menstrual bleeding.

In many cases, we have our children to blame for this. Both vaginal births and Cesarean Image of Pelvic Health Program Brochure click to downloadsections can lead to pelvic health issues (such as incontinence and pelvic prolapse) later in life, especially if you have given birth to more than one child.

In other cases, pelvic problems can start when we’re just children ourselves. Excessive bleeding during menstruation and endometriosis are two issues that can begin as early as the teen years.

As any woman challenged with a pelvic health disorder knows, these issues can affect your quality of life and your overall reproductive health. Excessive bleeding and urinary incontinence can make going out in public a nightmare. Endometriosis can make it difficult to get pregnant. And many pelvic conditions are not just inconvenient, they are cripplingly painful and can lead to a host of other medical problems if left untreated.

A Comprehensive Program for Pelvic Health

Sadly, a lot of misinformation exists today about the treatment of pelvic health disorders. At El Camino Hospital, we’ve seen countless patients come through our doors who were previously told by friends--or even their family physician--that their condition was something that couldn’t be treated. Incontinence is “just part of aging” or heavy bleeding "just happens to some girls." If you are hearing these types of statements yourself, we urge you: don’t listen. Come talk to us.

We have assembled a panel of sixty physicians that are committed to our Pelvic Health Program including specialists in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN), urology, surgery, da Vinci Robotic surgery, and gynecologic oncology. Download our Pelvic Health Program brochure (PDF).

Our comprehensive program is designed to address pelvic health issues for women at any stage of their life. The program includes components such as:

  • Educational seminars on pelvic health
  • A pelvic floor health self assessment (PDF)
  • A care coordinator/nurse navigator for the program
  • Health and wellness exercise classes
  • Physical therapy for pelvic health, from preventative to post surgery; see our brochure on the Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program (PDF)
  • Inpatient and outpatient surgery program
  • Professional education for nurses, physicians and therapists

El Camino Hospital we believe all women should have access to specialists in the field of pelvic health: physicians and physical therapists who know just how to treat these conditions, and will take the time to listen to your story and find just the right solution for you.

Conditions Treated

In general problems related to the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs or pelvic floor including the bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum can be addressed in our program. More specifically the program focuses on treating the following issues:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vaginal/Pelvic inflammation and pain
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Abnormal pap smears 

Today new therapies, medications and procedures can offer hope to women currently handling their pelvic health issues alone.

Pelvic Floor Self Assessment

A Patient Success Story (Incontinence)

Incontinence video

In this video, Sari Levine, MD, a urologist at El Camino Hospital, talks about incontinence, its causes and treatment options; her patient, Linda, tells how incontinence affected her and how Dr. Levine helped cure her of it.

Contact Our Team

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Program Coordinator
Pelvic Health/GYN Surgery

Bonnie Gebhart

Mountain View
Rehabilitation Services
Park Pavilion, 2nd Floor
2400 Grant Road
Mountain View, CA 94040
Phone: 650-940-7285
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Mon– Fri

Los Gatos
The Physical Performance Institute
555 Knowles Drive, Suite 100
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-866-4059
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Mon– Fri

Total Control - Pelvic Floor Exercise Classes

A Seven-Week Program for Women of All Ages

The Total Control® program’s trained professionals offer each participant personalized instruction to actively correct and strengthen the muscles of her pelvic region. Learn more and view our upcoming schedule of free introductory sessions and seven week series class schedule.

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Pelvic Health Class Brochure (PDF)

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50 Patients, 50 Stories

Finding Relief from the Pain of Interstitial Cystitis: Barbara’s Story

Five years ago, Barbara went to a urologist for what she initially assumed to be a recurring bladder infection. "The pain was burning, and it was constant," recalls Barbara. "It was like a scalpel cutting into me, slice after slice. It was just horrible." Barbara also found that she was running to the bathroom several times an hour to urinate, and she could barely get any sleep at night.