Houston Methodist’s Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine was developed because an unmet need was identified in the treatment of pelvic disorders. At Houston Methodist, our goal is to facilitate health care for you in a way that is convenient. Every effort is made to make your treatment experience a positive one.
Our concept is simple yet quite unique; coordinate a team of top physicians and health care professionals from different specialties to collaboratively develop a treatment plan for women and men with pelvic disorders. Our coordinators assess your needs and problems to set up a consultation with a doctor that will best treat your medical problem. If you need to see more than one specialist, the coordinator will attempt to schedule appointments with different specialists in the same day. This helps you avoid multiple doctor visits and reduces the amount of time until a solution to your problem is found. To help assess your needs, please review our list of frequently asked questions below.
The one-stop approach continues in the operating room. If a patient has a condition or disorder that requires multiple surgeries, usually a single surgery can be scheduled to repair the problems at one time. This increases convenience and reduces overall recovery time. By offering comprehensive evaluation, diagnostic testing, interventional and rehabilitation planning, and specialized treatment, the center is committed to providing you the best available care.
At the Houston Methodist Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine, you will have access to a variety of specialists who work together to develop the best treatment plan for your condition, including:
- Pelvic floor physical therapists
- Colorectal surgeons
- Plastic surgeons
Pelvic Health Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the following questions help you and your physician better understand your condition and identify which one of our specialists is best suited to help you. Before you call to make your first appointment, take a few minutes to answer the following questions:
- Do you have difficulty keeping gas or liquid or solid stool from leaking out? How often?
- Does anything protrude from your anal opening?
- Do you have difficulty emptying your rectum, or feel urgency?
- How often do you use a pad to avoid soiling your underwear?
- Does your inability to hold in gas or stool limit you physically or socially?
Female and Genital Health
- Are you aware of a sensation that your uterus is "falling out" of your vagina, or if you have had a hysterectomy, do you feel as if your vagina is "falling inside out"?
- Do you have difficulty with losing your urine if you cough or sneeze, or when playing sports such as tennis or volleyball?
- Do you ever have to put a finger in or around your vagina and push down toward your rectum to help yourself to have a bowel movement?
- Are your menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, decrease libido) severe enough for you to consider medical treatment for them?
- Have you previously been treated for a pelvic cancer?
Intimacy and Sexuality
- Are you unhappy with your ability to express yourself sexually at this time?
- Is your unhappiness causing you (or your partner) distress?
- Are you interested in talking with a therapist who will be addressing sexual/intimacy issues as well as relationship issues with you (and/or your partner)?
- Are you concerned with or feeling overwhelmed with any emotion at this time such that you would like to speak with a therapist?
- Do you feel you empty your bladder completely?
- Do you lose urine with a strong urge on the way to the bathroom?
- Do you ever find urine on pads or your clothes and were unaware of leakage?
- Is your bladder controlling your life, that is, is this something you can live with, or does this bother you enough that you would want to do something about it?