Female Pelvic Medicine

Halifax Health - Center for Female Pelvic Medicine

Christopher Stanley, MD, FACOG, ensures that patients who need urogynecology expertise receive attention from a trained specialist who offers a broad range of therapeutic treatments, including minimally invasive surgery. Area patients now have access to an expert in complex hysterectomies and operations for large uterine fibroids, severe endometriosis, urinary or bowel incontinence, complications from previous surgeries, congenital anomalies, and chronic pelvic pain.

“More than 95 percent of our surgeries are performed minimally invasively or vaginally,” Dr. Stanley says. “Traditional surgical methods require an incision to be made in the patient’s abdomen big enough for two hands to operate inside. That large incision can lead to major complications. Minimally invasive techniques allow us to perform the same procedures through dime-sized openings, so patients can leave the hospital and return to work sooner.”

While laparoscopic approaches to pelvic floor disorders greatly improve patient satisfaction and reduce complications, adding a department focused on urogynecology streamlines a traditionally complex treatment process.

Because the pelvis encapsulates multiple organ systems, and dysfunction in one likely impacts others, many specialists may be involved in treatment, and they may not always communicate with each other. One of the most important benefits of Halifax Health Center for Female Pelvic Medicine is that it enhances the level of local urogynecological care by consolidating treatment for complicated disorders.

“Our Female Pelvic Medicine program is designed to provide one surgeon who has comprehensive knowledge of all the organ systems in the pelvis,” Dr. Stanley explains. “You have to be aware of the fact that what you do in one compartment of pelvic anatomy can affect regional functionality.”

Cooperative Care

Introducing minimally invasive capabilities for complex conditions to the area means patients no longer have to travel long distances to tertiary care centers. It also gives referring physicians the ability to maintain close contact with their patients throughout the treatment process.

“We collaborate closely with referring physicians to treat our patients,” Dr. Stanley notes. “Obstetricians and gynecologists have the option of scrubbing in with us and observing surgery, or they can send their patients to us for surgery and postoperative evaluation, after which we send their patients back to them. Our goal is to be a resource to help referring physicians provide comprehensive care for their patients.”

Dr. Stanley notes that Halifax Health Center for Female Pelvic Medicine offers a wide array of treatment options. While minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures are the centerpiece of their advanced surgical capabilities, not all patients require such intervention. Many pelvic issues can be addressed with physical therapy, pelvic floor rehabilitation, medication and biofeedback.

“Pelvic medicine is very complex, and patients deserve physicians who have comprehensive knowledge of the pelvis’ complexity,” Dr. Stanley says. “Approximately half of these patients require surgery, and those who do need a qualified expert to fully address their problems.”