Avera Medical Group Urogynecology Sioux Falls
Contact Avera Medical Group Urogynecology
Could you be among the one in three women who requires the care of a urogynecologist? Call Avera Medical Group Urogynecology in Sioux Falls, SD, to schedule an appointment. No referral is necessary.
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. One in four women will experience incontinence in their lifetime. Join the many who find relief with the help of a urogynecologist. Don't be embarrassed to ask your doctor for a referral or to simply give us a call at 605-504-1900.
Advanced Treatment Options for Women
Avera Urogynecology offers the region's first and only board-certified and fellowship-trained urogynecologist, Matthew A. Barker, MD, FACOG. Dr. Barker specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery with focuses on urinary tract and bowel disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain in women. He also provides the latest in treatment options, including:
- Hidden Scar Hysterectomy for total hysterectomy through a small, hidden scar inside the vagina
- MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy to relieve vaginal dryness, burning or painful intercourse
It's all confidential and our goal is to help you live your life to its fullest. Avera Medical Group Urogynecology is a department of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
We Moved to the Avera on Louise Health Campus
Avera Medical Group Urogynecology Sioux Falls has moved to the innovative, state-of-the-art Avera Specialty Hospital and Avera Medical Group clinics building on the Avera on Louise Health Campus.
If you would like to confirm your appointment location, contact us at 605-504-1900. Your scheduler will confirm your appointment details.
What is Urogynecology?
Urogynecology is a crossover between Urology and Obstetrics/Gynecology with a focus on female pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). 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 after menopause, 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 home-bound because you fear having an accident in public.
Treatment options include physical therapy, medications, biofeedback, minimally invasive treatments such as painless vaginal laser treatment, and same day surgical techniques. It's an advancing field, with more effective treatment than in the past.
Common Urogynecologic Conditions
- 15% of all women suffer from some form of urinary incontinence
- 30% of women over the age of 65 are affected by urinary incontinence
- 40% of women over the age of 18 suffer from pelvic organ prolapse
- 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with incontinence in their lifetime
- 75% of women who experience significant improvement or are cured with appropriate diagnosis and treatment
Nerve Stimulator Therapy for Bladder and Bowel Control
Avera Medical Group Urogynecology offers many different therapies that are office based, MRI compatible, and provide long term clinical relief.
- Axonics Therapy is a clinically proven solution for treating symptoms of overactive bladder (including urinary urgency incontinence), bowel (fecal) incontinence and urinary retention. How does Axonics Therapy work? Axonics Therapy provides gentle stimulation to the nerves that control the bladder and bowel, which can restore normal control and result in symptom improvement.
- Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy delivered by the InterStim™ systems restores bladder function by gently stimulating the sacral nerves. It’s sometimes called sacral neuromodulation (SNM). With this therapy, you may experience fewer trips to the bathroom, fewer accidents, and more confidence.
- Medtronic Bowel Control Therapy delivered by the InterStim™ systems controls the symptoms of FI by gently stimulating the sacral nerves. It’s sometimes called sacral neuromodulation (SNM). With this therapy, you may experience fewer accidents and more confidence.
- Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) is a low risk, nonsurgical treatment for urinary incontinence. An acupuncture needle is placed behind the ankle bone and gently stimulated. This is done in the clinic and no anesthesia is needed.
Botox can be injected into the bladder to help with urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urinary incontinence. This is done in the clinic, no anesthesia needed, and only takes a few minutes.
Sexual Medicine at Avera
Many women experience a change in sexual function - including vaginal dryness, decreased desire and arousal or discomfort and pain with intercourse – following childbirth, cancer treatment, surgery or trauma.
If you experience any of these symptoms, count on Avera’s specialized program – the first and only of its kind in the region – to provide the help you need. Our holistic and multidisciplinary approach brings together experts from urogynecology, cancer care, counseling, physical therapy and more to enhance your quality of life.
Postpartum Wellness Program
One in 10 women experience pelvic floor symptoms in the first six months after pregnancy and delivery. Our team is dedicated to diagnosing, treating and preventing ongoing pelvic floor disorders.
The Postpartum Wellness Program provides care for:
- Wound breakdown
- Accidental loss of gas and stool
- Urinary incontinence
- 3rd and 4th degree obstetrical tears
- Obstetrical fistulas
- Postpartum urinary retention
- Pain with intercourse
- Pelvic pain
Our treatment plan may include physical therapy, dietary recommendations, medications, or surgical intervention.
Evaluation at our clinic will provide access to a variety of specialists including a fellowship-trained urogynecologist, colorectal surgeon, pelvic floor physical therapists, wound care specialists, women’s health psychologist, and sexual therapist.
Therapies for Pain after Cancer
Watch Dr. Barker's video on therapies available for pain after cancer.