The Department of Urogynaecology and pelvic floor surgery at GENESIS ATHENS CLINIC was established in order to provide a contemporary and integrated service to all women suffering from anatomical and functional disorders of the genito-urinary system. Such disorders are not uncommon both in the reproductive life and in menopause and include conditions like utero-vaginal prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, enterocele, vault prolapse following hysterectomy), overactive bladder syndrome, urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction, obstructed defaecation, recurrent urinary tract infections, chronic pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and childbirth-trauma sequelae. Due to the close anatomical relation between the female urinary and genital systems, pelvic floor dysfunction can manifest with a variety of symptoms, such as increased urinary frequency and nocturia, involuntary loss of urine or voiding dysfunction, vaginal discomfort and pain, vaginal bleeding and dyspareunia.
The employment of contemporary treatment techniques to pelvic floor dysfunction necessitates a holistic approach to the pelvic floor, which comprises a complex anatomical and functional unit. Such approach requires thorough clinical evaluation and detailed investigations. Our department runs “one-stop clinics”, where women are offered a consultation with the subspecialist urogynaecologist during which they undergo the necessary diagnostic work up (ultrasound scan of the pelvic floor, urodynamics, urine tests etc) and have a treatment plan formulated, all in one visit. We welcome our patients to a modern environment equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and offer them the newest evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures while caring for them with empathy and decency.
Our department provides a wide spectrum of services to all referred patients, ranging from preventative strategies, to avoid or ameliorate bothersome symptoms (physiotherapy-guided pelvic floor muscle exercises and bladder retraining), to medical and surgical treatment by use of minimally invasive surgical techniques (vaginal, transurethral and laparoscopic procedures). In addition we work in collaboration with specialists from renowned pelvic floor units in the UK (St Mary’s Hospital London, University College London Hospital, University of Cambridge Addenbrooke’s Hospital) in order to enhance the management of especially complex cases either through consultation or by arranging tertiary referrals.