Pelvic floor disorders: Scope of the problem

Amy L. Halverson*, Anne Marie Boller

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pelvic floor disorders encompass symptoms, including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and fecal incontinence. Challenges to treating individuals with pelvic floor disorders include under-reporting of symptoms and inconsistent diagnostic criterion. Nearly 1 in 4 individuals in the United States has experienced a pelvic floor disorder. Incontinence disorders are more frequent in women and the prevalence increases with age. Obstetrical trauma is a common factor in the development of pelvic floor dysfunction. Morbidly obese individuals have a higher prevalence of pelvic floor disorders and weight loss may lead to improvement of symptoms. Evaluation and treatment should address the individual's productivity and quality of life in addition to anatomic and functional limitations. Pelvic floor disorders are best treated with a multidisciplinary approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-5
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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