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Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women


Ryan Stratford, MD, practices medicine at Banner Desert Medical Center.

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Text: This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional services. If medical or other professional assistance is required the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:    Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert
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Image: Ryan Stratford, MD, speaks on-camera throughout the video.

Audio:  “Hello. My name is Dr. Ryan Stratford.”

Text:   Ryan Stratford, MD - Banner Desert Medical Center

Audio:  “I am a fellowship-trained urogynecologist at Banner Desert Medical Center. Women often silently endure the physical and emotional consequences of common pelvic floor disorders, a condition where a woman’s pelvic organs are not working properly, or are no longer supported well within the body.”

Text:   Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Disorders

Audio:  “Pelvic floor disorders may result in uncomfortable vaginal bulges known as pelvic prolapse…”

Text:   Pelvic Prolapse, Incontinence

Audio:  “…as well as incontinence, yet most women delay seeking treatments sometimes for years. Woman with pelvic floor disorders do not need to suffer silently. They can be effectively treated and have their lives restored. There are two treatments for pelvic prolapse:…”

Text:   Pessary, Surgery

Audio:  “…a pessary, or surgery.”

Text::    Pessary, device placed to hold up pelvic prolapse

Audio:  “A pessary is a device like a diaphragm that is placed in the vagina to hold up the pelvic prolapse. It is easy to use and not painful.”

Text:    Surgery, Varied, Minimally Invasive, Durable

Audio:  “Surgical repair is a second option. Surgery for pelvic prolapse is varied and has changed remarkably in the last decade. Surgical treatment is minimally invasive and is now much more durable and effective.”

Text:    Urogynecologists, diagnose and treat pelvic floor disorders    

Audio:  “A specialized field of medicine, called urogynecology, specifically diagnoses and treats conditions like pelvic prolapse effectively. But most women, and even some physicians, are not familiar with these specialists. If you believe that your bladder has dropped or you have incontinence, you should notify your primary care physician and ask to see a urogynecologist. With straightforward treatment, you may improve you bladder function and restore a much healthier, happier quality of life.”

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