The Good Samaritan Hospital Women’s Center For Bladder & Pelvic Health With Dr. Rush
Good Samaritan and Lifestages Partner in New Program for Women
William Rush, MD, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Medical Center, where he took special interest in urogynecology. Dr. Rush is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Urogynecologic Society. He joined Lifestages—Samaritan Centers For Women in 2007
Why did Good Samaritan Hospital and Lifestages establish the Women’s Center For Bladder & Pelvic Health?
It is our mission at Lifestages, to offer women accessible, quality healthcare. This mission is enhanced through our long-term partnership with Good Samaritan Hospital.
Over a lifetime, three out of four women report some degree of urinary leakage (incontinence) and one out of three may experience the slippage (prolapse) of pelvic organs. As common as these conditions are, however, women often are not comfortable discussing them – even with their physician.
Lifestages and Good Samaritan Hospital established the Women's Center For Bladder & Pelvic Health to make it easier and more comfortable for women to seek care in a supportive, professional setting. The center offers:
- Physicians, nurses and technicians with advanced training in women’s bladder and pelvic health
- A multidisciplinary approach including physical therapy and nutrition counseling
- The latest diagnostic technology
- Multiple treatment options
Where is the Center For Bladder & Pelvic Health located?
We are located in the Lifestages offices at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Good Samaritan North Health Center in Englewood and Premier Health Center in Huber Heights. Routine testing, physician consultations and outpatient treatment are performed at a Lifestages office. When needed, inpatient surgery is performed at Good Samaritan Hospital.
What conditions do you treat?
The conditions we treat fall into three categories:
- Urinary incontinence – involuntary leaking due to bladder contractions or failure of support tissues around the bladder and urethra
- Pelvic organ prolapse – the slippage of pelvic organs, such as the bladder, rectum, intestines and uterus, out of their normal position
- Painful bladder syndrome – an inflammation of the bladder that causes symptoms such as an urgent need to urinate, frequent urination (especially at night) and pain
What happens when a physician refers a patient to the Center For Bladder & Pelvic Health?
The initial visit includes a medical history and review of medications, a physical examination, and a conversation with a Lifestages physician. Depending upon what is learned during this visit, the physician may order various tests, which are done at a Lifestages office on an outpatient basis. At a follow-up appointment about a week later, the physician reviews results with the patient and develops a plan of care. The medical team at the Women's Center For Bladder & Pelvic Health is trained in all the latest treatments and takes a minimally invasive approach whenever possible.
What are some of the leading-edge treatments offered by the center?
We offer a number of non-surgical treatments including medication, nutrition counseling, physical therapy and biofeedback. Some surgical treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, such as placement of a sling to help support the urethra – the tube through which urine leaves the body. Treatments for supporting the uterus or bladder are performed in the hospital and require an overnight stay. We also have advanced procedures to stimulate the nerves and muscles that help control the bladder.
How does a patient arrange an appointment with a Lifestages physician at the Good Samaritan Hospital Women's Center For Bladder & Pelvic Health?
Women experiencing bladder control problems or pelvic discomfort should ask their physician for a referral to the center for an evaluation. For more information call 937-277-8988 or toll–free 888-808-1016, or visit us online.
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