Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a downward descent of female pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus and the small or large bowel, resulting in protrusion of the vagina, uterus, or both. Prolapse development can be attributed to several factors, including vaginal child birth, advancing age and obesity and it occurs when weakened muscles cause one of the pelvic organs, most commonly the bladder, to drop.
Nearly 50% of women who have had children are affected by pelvic organ prolapse. Many women are embarrassed to talk about this problem - even to their doctors. It is important to discuss your concerns with your doctor as there are many different treatment options available including surgical and non-surgical.
Cleveland Clinic Urogynecologist Dr. Matthew Barber will provide answers to questions on Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urogynecology.
Matthew D. Barber, MD, MHS, is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Vice-Chair of Clinical Research in the OB/Gyn and Women's Health Institute. He is a Staff Physician in the Section of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Ob/Gyn and the Glickman Urological Institute at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Barber is currently the President of the American Urogynecologic Society and was named the 2009 Continence Care Champion by the National Association for Continence (NAFC).
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2001, he was an associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Barber's specialty interests include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, vesicovaginal, rectovaginal fistulas and management of pelvic mesh complications.
Dr. Barber received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then went on to Duke University, where he earned a Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Research and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as a fellowship in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery. He is licensed to practice medicine in Ohio and North Carolina. He has been listed on the Top Doctor's list in 2010 and 2011.
He is lead or co-author on several research studies published in peer-reviewed publications or presented at leading medical conferences in his field. He is also author or co-author of chapters from several medical textbooks, and he regularly gives presentations and seminars. Dr. Barber has won numerous academic awards and research grants, including, to name only a few, the National Faculty Award from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology & The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2005), Teacher of the Year in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic (2002 – 03 and 2004 – 05) the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons Prize Paper (2008), and American Urogynecologic Society Best Clinical/Surgical Paper (2011).
To make an appointment with Matthew Barber, MD, MHS or any of the other specialists in Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Health Institute, please call 216.444.6601, toll-free at 800.223.2273 (extension 46601) or visit us at clevelandclinic.org/obgyn for more information.