COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Compassionate, quality women’s care in Denver, CO
From routine well-woman exams and mammograms to pregnancy and childbirth services, Swedish Medical Center’s team of women’s health experts bring experienced, comprehensive care to women of all ages throughout Denver and Colorado.
Women’s health services at Swedish
Our hospital provides a full range of screening, diagnosis, preventive and treatment services specific to women’s health. With specialties in interventional gynecology, health maintenance and education, women are offered a broad spectrum of programs, including:
- Advanced reproductive medicine and infertility
- Breast imaging, including mammography
- Childbirth classes
- Heart care
- Gynecologic oncology
- Gynecology services
- Perinatal resource center, including high-risk pregnancy
- Minimally invasive women’s surgery
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Urology and urogynecology
To make an appointment, call (303) 575-0055.
Women’s health conditions we treat
Our women’s health specialists in Denver diagnose and treat all medical conditions affecting women, including:
- Annual well-woman exams
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Cervical dysplasia
- Chronic pain
- Colon/rectal cancer
- Endometrial polyps
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Joint replacement/orthopedics
- Lung cancer
- Menstrual cycle abnormalities
- Ovarian cancer
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pelvic pain management
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Postmenopausal bleeding
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sports injuries
- Toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
- Uterine cancer
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine/pelvic prolapse
- Yeast infection
Urogynecology is a subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology that focuses on disorders of a woman’s pelvic floor. The female pelvic floor is made up of ligaments, muscles, nerves and connective tissues that work together to support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum, helping these organs function properly.
Colorado Comprehensive Pelvic Floor Center
The Colorado Comprehensive Pelvic Floor Center strives to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to patients with pelvic floor disorders. Our providers work closely to create an individualized diagnosis and treatment plan for each patient and may include minimally invasive to complex procedures.
Diagnosing pelvic floor disorders begins with a consult. We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to best evaluate your condition. Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, our experts collaborate to create an individualized treatment plan.
Pelvic floor conditions we treat
We offer multidisciplinary care for a full spectrum of pelvic floor conditions, including:
- Chronic bladder infection
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Incontinence of stool
- Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome
- Overactive bladder
- Pelvic floor muscle spasms
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Urinary stress incontinence
- Urgency urinary incontinence
- Urinary retention
Risk factors and symptoms of pelvic floor disorders
Many factors can place a woman at risk for pelvic floor disorders. Childbirth, obesity, pelvic surgery or radiation, genetics and heavy lifting increase your risk for a pelvic floor condition. While pelvic floor disorders can become more common as you age, the symptoms are not normal. Talk to our team if you experience:
- Incontinence (leakage) of urine and/or stool
- Frequency of urination
- Painful urination
- Incomplete emptying of bladder
- Pain or muscle spasms in pelvic region
- Pressure in vagina or rectum
- Heavy feeling or bulge in vagina or rectum
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Painful intercourse
If you think you are suffering from a pelvic floor disorder, review the questions below to help you learn more about whether to seek care from our expert team.
- Do you experience difficulty doing household chores, such as cooking, laundry and housecleaning?
- Do you experience difficulty doing physical activities, such as walking, swimming or other exercise?
- Do you have difficulty going to entertainment activities, such as movies or a concert?
- Is it difficult traveling by car or bus for a distance greater than 30 minutes from your home?
- Do you have trouble participating in social activities outside your home?
- Do you have emotional problems, such as nervousness or depression?
- Are you feeling frustrated?
Treatment for pelvic floor disorders
Treatment plans may be surgical or non-surgical. The following options are what we offer to help you back to a healthy, active lifestyle:
- Physical therapy
- Vaginal cones
- Pubovaginal sling (sling of tissue is placed under bladder and urethra for support)
- Tension-free vaginal tape sling (small piece of tape placed around the pubic bones under the urethra)
- Transobturator tape (permanent tape put in the vagina to sit under the urethra)
- Pelvic organ prolapse repair
- Bladder neck suspension
- Colpocleisis (surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse)
- Uterosacral or sacrospinous ligament fixation
- Sacrocolpopexy (repairs pelvic organ prolapse through the abdominals)
- Transurethral bulking
Sacral neuromodulation is a treatment option for both overactive bladder and bowel control. This FDA-approved surgical implant device sends mild electric pulses to control symptoms. This treatment is typically recommended for patients who have not responded well to medication or who cannot tolerate side effects.
Overactive bladder treatment
Sacral neuromodulation for treatment of urinary incontinence is designed to regulate communication between the brain and the nerves that control the bladder. Using mild electrical stimulation, the device can regular the bladder's behavior and effectively treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder, including urgency, frequency and leaks. Talk to your physician to find out if you are a candidate. You may test the therapy with a temporary device before making a long-term commitment. A study has shown that more than half of patients with urge incontinence had 50% fewer leaks per day when using this device.
Bowel control treatment
Loss of bowel control is an embarrassing and life-altering condition. Millions of Americans suffer with this condition, but many treatments are not long-lasting or do not work well. Our program offers sacral neuromodulation to regulate the behavior of the pelvic floor, anal sphincters and bowel. This implantable device sends mild electrical stimulation to significantly reduce symptoms.
Talk to your physician to find out if you are a candidate. You first will undergo a test to see if your symptoms may be improved with the device. Studies have shown that more than 80% of patients achieve more than a 50% reduction in symptomatic episodes per week.