Avera Medical Group Urogynecology
Stop Frequent Trips
Let’s face it—no one likes having to interrupt life with frequent trips to the bathroom. But if you’re a woman in midlife, it could be more than just an annoyance. 1 in 3 American women require the help of a urogynecologist, so don’t be embarrassed to ask your doctor for a referral, or to simply give us a call.
Avera Urogynecology offers the region’s first and only board-certified and fellowship-trained urogynecologist, Dr. Matthew A. Barker. Dr. Barker specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery which focuses on urinary tract and bowel disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain in women. It’s all confidential and our goal is to help you live your life to its fullest.
Matthew Barker, MD, FACOG
Dr. Barker is the region’s first fellowship trained and board-certified female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeon to practice in the region. Dr. Barker has extensive training in vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical management of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
"Avera McKennan is women’s health. Founded by Helen McKennan, its mission today continues to be guided by women. Avera recognizes the special talents and education that go into providing exceptional care to the region’s mothers and daughters."
– Dr. Barker
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Tabitha Ammann, DNP
Leah Mergen, PA-C
Katie Soodsma, CNP
Information About Urogynecology
Urogynecology is a crossover between Urology and Obstetrics/Gynecology with a focus on female pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). This emerging subspecialty combines issues relating to the female pelvis. The classic issue that women experience is pelvic organ prolapse. This can lead to symptoms including urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, urgency and frequency, fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, pelvic pressure or painful intercourse.
Typically, these issues affect women who are post menopausal, but it can happen to younger women, especially associated with childbirth.
The most common complaint is urinary incontinence, that may range from leaking a little urine when you laugh or sneeze to being homebound because you fear having an accident in public. "It’s important that women know there is help. These conditions are treatable," says Dr. Barker.
Treatment options include physical therapy, medications, biofeedback and minimally invasive, same day surgical techniques. It’s an advancing field, with more effective treatment than in the past. "With the subspecialty of urogynecology, we’ve gained a better understanding of these issues and surgical outcomes are improving."
Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFDs)
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
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Look at the Numbers!
Facts and Figures
- 15 - percentage of all women who suffer from some form of urinary incontinence
- 30 - percentage of women over the age of 65 affected by urinary incontinence
- 40 – percentage of women over the age of 18 suffering from pelvic organ prolapse
- 1:9 – ratio of women that will be diagnosed with incontinence in their lifetime
- 75 - percentage of women who experience significant improvement or are cured with appropriate diagnosis and treatment
No referral is necessary. Call (605) 322-6700 or 1(866) 996-6980 to schedule an appointment.