Who we are
Novant Health Urogynecology is one of the only practices in the Charlotte area completely devoted to urogynecologic concerns in women of all ages. We help patients from puberty and beyond suffering from pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary and fecal incontinence.
We are committed to delivering compassionate care, and getting you an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan involving nonsurgical and/or surgical treatment options before you leave our office. We understand how frustrating it can be to not have answers to what is causing your pelvic pain or incontinence issues; we promise to find you those answers and deliver the relief you need.
What is a urogynecologist?
Urogynecology combines the disciplines of gynecology and urologic surgery to provide women with the best, most comprehensive care possible. William E. Porter, MD, is a urogynecologist; he has completed a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology, followed by a three-year fellowship in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery.
While your primary care physician or OB/GYN has knowledge of these problems, a urogynecologist has extensive experience in diagnosing these concerns and has committed his or her career to providing the best treatments available.
What is a pelvic floor disorder?
A pelvic floor disorder is one that affects the organs, tissues or muscles in the pelvis. These include pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary and fecal incontinence. These problems are caused by everything from childbirth to hormone changes to obesity and smoking. They are much more prevalent than most people think; urinary incontinence affects 30 to 50 percent of women, and nearly half of women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some sort of pelvic organ prolapse.
When should I seek treatment?
While many women suffer from pelvic floor disorders, fewer seek treatment. However, treatment can be simple and provide immediate relief from symptoms including:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control.
- Displacement of pelvic organs signified by visible bulging or pelvic pressure.
- Frequent need to urinate.
- Difficulty urinating or with bowel movements.
- Pelvic or bladder pain.
In short, when to seek treatment is up to you; but the sooner you do, the sooner you can get relief. Remember, these problems do not have to be an accepted part of aging!
How can I see a provider?
You can see a provider in our office without a referral; however, your insurer might require one, so check coverage before your appointment. We make every effort to schedule consultations and procedures promptly because we know how important it is to provide you with an accurate diagnosis quickly and begin any necessary treatment to deliver prompt relief from your symptoms.