A new specialty clinic has opened on the Avera McKennan Campus in Sioux Falls and it's goal is to improve the lives of women who are suffering, with what might be considered, embarrassing problems. We introduce you to the first and only Fellowship Trained Urogynecologist in the state and in the region.
Folks at the New Avera Women's Urogynecology Specialists Clinic are busy unloading boxes in their newly remodeled offices on the first floor of the Avera Doctor's Plaza 1. Fellowship Trained Urogynecologist Dr. Matthew Barker is highly specialized in urinary, bowel and reproductive organ disfunction in women. Problems like urinary and fecal incontinence or weakening of the muscles on our pelvic floor that would cause a lot of discomfort.
Dr. Matthew Barker says, "The other aspect of pelvic organ prolapse is when the walls of the vaginal tissue break down or are not supporting the surrounding anatomy which could cause the those organs to herniate into the vagina or the rectum pushes into the vagina or the bladder falls into the vagina or uterus can fall down and you feel pressure or pain."
And Dr. Barker says this is more common among women who have had 2 or more children vaginally and it unfortunately happens as women get older. That doesn't make it less embarrassing to discuss though.
Dr. Barker says, "I think women don't feel comfortable talking to their friends and family about these issues because of the social stigma associated with it. As an Urogynecologist, I hope to raise awareness that finally people out there can get help in a non-judgmental way and that meets their needs."
A way to understand what dr. Barker does is to look at it this way: an Urologist takes care of the bladder area, a Gynecologist the uterus/vagina area and a Gastroenterologist the rectum area. A Urogynecologist takes care of all three..
Although this may be a tough topic to broach, at least there is someone at Avera McKennan to talk to about it, treat it, and best of all, improve our quality of life. As women, we deserve it!