UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Urogynecology Care Center
Providing advanced medical and surgical treatments for complicated and complex gynecology
including the treatment of pelvic floor disorders and incontinence
If you experience leaking of urine or difficulty controlling your bowels, you aren’t alone.
Half of all women are likely to experience some incontinence in their lifetime, and about 10 percent
will have surgery for incontinence and/or prolapse—a bulging of the bladder or vagina often caused by
weakened muscles from pregnancy or childbirth. Fortunately, most incontinence problems can be
successfully treated. Women will find revolutionary new options available today, many of which were
researched and developed right here at UAB.
UAB Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery is Alabama’s leader in the field of urogynecology. The
division is recognized nationally for its quality of clinical care and groundbreaking research. These
specialists provide professional and sensitive care for women with incontinence and other pelvic floor
disorders. Our patients are provided a variety of highly effective, non-surgical approaches including
medications and support devices. For those who need surgery, the latest minimally invasive techniques
usually allow women to go home the same day and recover quickly.
The UAB Urogynecology Care and Continence Clinics received the first Center of Excellence designation
in the care of patients with incontinence and prolapse by the National Association for Continence. Learn
more about this prestigious designation online at uabmedicine.org/urogynecology/nafc
Our physicians offer a full spectrum of one-on-one services for patients, including:
* Comprehensive clinical evaluation
* Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of urge urinary incontinence and overactive bladder, stress urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, uterine prolapse and other pelvic relaxation problems
* Office fitting and placement of vaginal support device (pessary) for prolapse and stress urinary incontinence
* Behavioral therapy including pelvic floor muscle therapy for urinary and bowel incontinence (biofeedback and electrical stimulation as needed)
* Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence including new minimally invasive vaginal, laparoscopic and robot-assisted laparoscopic approaches
* Neurostimulation therapy for refractory urge urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence and voiding dysfunction
* Botox therapy for refractory urge urinary incontinence
We provide a treatment plan for each patient’s individual needs. Our staff is experience in discussing and evaluating these sensitive problems. A comprehensive evaluation may include:
* Physical examination similar to that which you undergo during your annual exam and Pap smear
* Bladder studies
* Cystoscopy, in which a thin tube is place inside the urethra to view the inside of the urethra and bladder
* Urodynamic testing, an evaluation to check the function of the lower urinary tract, which consists of the bladder, urethra and the voluntary and involuntary sphincter muscles
* Bowel studies
* Anorectal physiology studies, tests to evaluate the anal sphincter, pelvic muscles, nerve function and rectal function
The Kirklin Clinic
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Appointments: Call (205) 801-7870; or call
UAB Health Finder at (205) 934-9999 or 1-800-UAB-8816
Physician list with links to UAB profiles
Greer, Jerod W. M.D.
Holley, Robert L., M.D.
Richter, Holly E., PhD, M.D.
Varner, Robert E., M.D.
Fellows, Clinical Instructor
Ballard, Alicia C., M.D.
Gleason, Jonathan, M.D.
Parker-Autry, Candace, M.D.
Ellington, David, M.D.