The UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is improving the quality of life of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders by conducting research aimed at developing new prevention and treatment strategies and by training the next generation of urogynaecology specialists to provide exemplary patient care. Please support the Department’s work in this field with a donation.
Pelvic floor disorders are more common than high blood pressure, depression, or diabetes and have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. Despite the prevalence of these disorders, many women are reluctant to seek treatment. A majority of women do not know how common the problem is, much less that there is a field of medicine that aims to diagnose and treat their condition.
The strength of the Department’s urogynaecology training program lies in the broad range of surgical expertise gained by trainees. Emerging urogynaecologists are trained in various operative techniques for pelvic reconstruction via open abdominal, laparoscopic, and vaginal approaches. Trainees receive multi-disciplinary clinical experience alongside colleagues in urology, colorectal surgery, sexual medicine, radiology, and physiotherapy.
In addition, novel research in the Department is exploring the effects of pregnancy and pelvic organ prolapse on the pelvic floor. These investigations are a small sample of innovative research questions being tested by UBC urogynaecologists to improve our understanding and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.
The Department is urgently seeking philanthropic support to advance research and training in pelvic floor disorders. Your donation will help ensure the Department has the resources required to launch innovative studies, recruit research support staff and trainees, and purchase equipment and supplies, all of which are essential to accelerating the discovery of new treatments and to educating future specialists in the field.