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Urogynecology Program

Our Program

The Urogynecology Program in the University of Illinois Pelvic Health Center offers a single center where women can receive coordinated, compassionate and comprehensive care from a multi-disciplinary team. In a patient-friendly atmosphere, we treat everything from the common to the most complex conditions using basic therapies, as well as advanced technologies.

We keep abreast of advances in medical therapies and surgical techniques to offer you a full range of options for dealing with your urogynecologic issues to help you improve your quality of life. With us, you are choosing a partner who will guide, educate, and provide personalized care for you every step of the way.

Pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary or fecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, can be embarrassing and can sometimes make women hesitant to get care. Our Urogynecology Team understands how stressful these conditions can be, and offers empathic, comprehensive, and personalized care to help you get the care you need.

Our Services

We provide care for a full range of conditions that involve the pelvic-floor and lower-urinary tract, including the following:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Prolapse (uterine, bladder or vaginal)
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Surgical Complications
  • Treatment Failures

Our Urogynecology Team provides a comprehensive array of diagnostics to determine the cause of your pelvic health concerns. Once a diagnosis is made, we offer therapeutic options tailored to your pelvic health needs. Our patients have access to surgical and non-surgical treatment options, including the latest in minimally invasive procedures.

Treatment options include:

  • Diet and behavior modification
  • Pelvic-floor exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Surgery (including minimally invasive and robotic approaches)'

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence affects millions of women in the US, but only a small percentage talk to their doctors about it. Urinary incontinence is the accidental release of urine. It can happen when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or jog. Or you may have a sudden need to go to the bathroom but can't get there in time. For some people, urinary incontinence occurs only occasionally, temporarily or it may be only a little leakage from time to time. Others may have a complete lack of control that persists over the long term.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is common in women. The incidence increases after childbearing and as women age. Nearly 50% of all women between the ages of 50 and 79 years have some form of prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ-such as your bladder-drops (prolapses) from its normal place in your lower belly and pushes against the walls of your vagina. This can happen when the muscles that hold your pelvic organs in place get weak or stretched from childbirth or surgery.

Bowel Incontinence

Bowel incontinence is a condition that causes loss of control over bowel movements. It may be only a small amount of stool that is lost or may be an entire bowel movement. Women are more likely to have fecal incontinence than men, and it is a condition that becomes more common with age. Fecal incontinence can be temporary, such as severe diarrhea after eating a spicy meal, or it can be chronic and ongoing. Whatever the cause, fecal incontinence can be embarrassing. But don't shy away from talking to your doctor. It is often underreported and undertreated. At UI Health, we are sensitive to your concerns and have a world-class team of specialists.

Our Physician
Dr. William Kobak

Patient Appointments

Contact Information:
Main Clinic: 312.413.7500
Main Clinic Fax: 312.413.8331