Pelvic organ prolapse, urinary or fecal incontinence, urinary frequency and urgency are relatively common symptoms that affect women of all ages. While many women have these symptoms, many are embarrassed to discuss them even with their primary care doctors and do not seek treatment.
At Weill Cornell, our physicians and surgeons are trained in the state of the art diagnosis and treatment options for the various pelvic floor disorders women may encounter in their lifetime. Our goal is to provide women options in the treatment of the above conditions and guide them to make the appropriate treatment decisions. This may involve behavioral and physical therapy, as well as medical and surgical treatment. We believe in a personalized approach to provide women safe and durable treatment.
If surgery is part of the treatment plan, we provide all modalities of care, including minimally invasive approaches vaginally, robotically assisted/laparoscopic means, as well as traditional abdominal repairs.
We believe in working with teams of specialists and primary care providers to bring about the best health services. This includes collaborating with the best specialists in the region, particularly at Weill Cornell Medical College, as well as private physicians in the community.
The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery team provides evaluation and treatment for conditions, such as:
- Pelvic-organ prolapse, commonly known as dropped bladder, uterus or rectum
- Urinary incontinence, the inability to control bladder function
- Overactive bladder
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Fistulas involving the genitourinary tract and rectum
- Congenital abnormalities, such as vaginal cysts and other abnormalities of the vagina
- Urinary retention
- Fecal incontinence, the inability to control bowel function
- Abnormalities of the urethra, such as Skene's gland cysts and urethral diverticulum
Tirsit Asfaw, MD, FACOG
Asst. Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Assoc. Director, 3rd-year Medical Students' Clerkship
Asst. Attending Obstetrician & Gynecologist