Sandip Vasavada, MD
- Director, Center for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
- Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute
Whether you’re suffering from urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or both conditions – it can be extremely debilitating, inconvenient and uncomfortable. Many women think it’s just part of getting older, but what they don’t realize is that you do not have to live with these conditions. Treatment options are available to help you regain control of your active life.
What is incontinence?
Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine, called urinary incontinence. Some women may lose a few drops of urine while running or coughing. Others may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine. Many women experience both symptoms. Incontinence can be slightly bothersome or totally debilitating. It keeps some women from enjoying many activities with their families and friends. Urine loss also can occur during sexual activity, causing tremendous emotional distress.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse is a very common condition, affecting roughly half of women who have had children by vaginal delivery. It occurs when one or more of the organs in the pelvis (bladder, uterus, rectum, small or large bowel) drops down due to a weakened or stretched pelvic floor
muscle and/or loss of vaginal support. This downward descent may result in protrusion of the vagina, uterus or both.
How We Can Help
Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is a state-of-the-art, specialized center offering a multidisciplinary team approach for women with urological conditions. The center provides individualized treatment with the latest procedures targeted at comprehensive evaluation and management of disorders like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
Sandip Vasavada, MD, serves as the Urologic Director, Center for Female Urology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, at Cleveland Clinic within the Glickman Urological Institute. Together with his other colleagues he helps represent one of the largest centers for female urology and reconstructive genitourinary surgery in the country. He is also Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and has a joint appointment with the Women's Institute.
Dr. Vasavada's main clinical interests lie in the area of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and complex reconstruction of the lower urinary tract and management of complications of vaginal and lower urinary tract surgery. His current research interests are in the field of refractory bladder overactivity and neuromodulation and care pathways for optimizing care in patients undergoing incontinence and prolapse surgery. Dr. Vasavada serves with the Section of Urogynecology on the NIH-Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
Take advantage of this opportunity to chat live in a secure online setting with Dr. Vasavada and get answers to common questions regarding prolapse and incontinence and the available treatments options. This is an opportunity for you to ask our specialist questions from the privacy of your own home.
To download our free Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment Guide, please visit clevelandclinic.org/prolapseguide
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Vasavada or any of our other urologists in the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, please call 800.223.2273 or request an appointment online by visiting www.clevelandclinic.org/appointments. Thank you!
This Health Chat is currently open to allow you to submit questions. Click on the Join Chat and type in the question box below. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.