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What is a Urogynecologist?

A urogynecologist is a fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in the care of women with pelvic floor disorders. After completing medical school and a residency in obstetrics & gynecology or urology, urogynecologists complete three additional years of fellowship training (for seven years of surgical training after medical school) to provide comprehensive clinical care and minimally invasive surgical treatments for pelvic floor disorders, childbirth injury, complications from gynecologic surgery (fistulas), and congenital genitourinary disorders, as well as conduct leading-edge research to improve patient outcomes.

After completing fellowship training, urogynecologists must complete certification exams offered by the American Boards of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology. Therefore, they are “board certified” in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology or Urology.

If you are considering treatment for urinary or bowel control problems or pelvic organ prolapse, you should ask your primary care provider to refer you to a specialist with fellowship training and board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. Ask your physician about their training and certification.

Meet the Team

Northwestern Medicine Urogynecology Team Photo
The Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) Team is a transdisciplinary team that includes surgeons, advance practice specialists, a sexual counselor, and nurses who collaborate to develop an integrated approach. Together, these experts are working to ensure that each patient with a pelvic floor disorder receives a tailored and highly individualized plan of care.

Meet the Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery Team

Programs


Peripartum Evaluation and Assessment of the Pelvic Floor around Delivery (PEAPOD) Clinic

This is a specialized clinical and research program that offers prevention and early intervention for women who sustain obstetric pelvic floor injuries.

Transition Urogynecology Clinic for Women with Congenital Anomalies

Our team works jointly with expert pediatric surgeons in a nationally recognized program to care for young women with complex congenital anomalies.

Innovative Clinical and Translational Research Programs

We believe that clinical and translational research programs are essential to improving clinical care and outcomes for women suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

Conditions


Locations
    Northwestern Medicine Urogynecology Team Photo

    Northwestern Medicine Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

    We provide comprehensive clinical care and minimally invasive surgical treatments for pelvic floor disorders, childbirth injury, complications from gynecologic surgery and congenital genitourinary disorders.

    Dr. Mueller talks about pelvic floor disorders

    What Are Pelvic Floor Disorders?

    ​Margaret G. Mueller, MD, discusses pelvic floor disorders, symptoms and treatment options.

    Older woman participating in a spin class

    Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

    Learn more about urinary incontinence and the different treatment options.

    NM fertility and reproductive medicine physicians having a discussion

    Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    Learn more about pelvic organ prolapse and the different treatment options.