Pelvic Health Center

The Pelvic Health Center, Stoneham Outpatient Campus 51 Montvale Ave. Stoneham (781) 213-5200             Weekdays by appointment, based on availability

 

 

 

 

 



Welcome

The Pelvic Health Center brings dignity and expertise to women and men with the difficult (and often embarrassing) problems that come with pelvic floor disorders. Certified specialists offer a sense of hope and individualized care, helping patients regain their function and the confidence to get back to the things they enjoy.

The Pelvic Health Center brings together a team of gynecologists and gastroenterologists, as well as physical and behavioral health therapists. Each member of our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, a term applied to conditions that affect the pelvic organs. Our experts treat a variety of patients—from those with the simplest problems, to others who need additional specialized diagnostic testing and surgical treatment or repair.
Evaluation, diagnosis and non-surgical and surgical treatments are provided for:

  • urinary incontinence
  • neuro-urologic disorders
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • fecal incontinence
  • constipation
  • structural abnormalities of the pelvic floor (rectocele, cystocele, enterocele, sigmoidocele)
  • pelvic pain

While pelvic floor dysfunction affects both men and women, it is generally more prevalent in women. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can have a negative impact on quality of life for affected patients.

The Pelvic Health Center provides multidisciplinary care ensuring that patients receive individualized therapy of the highest quality. To ease the patient's burden of pursuing integrated care for pelvic floor disorders, specialists from the different disciplines collaborate as a team to ensure coordinated care for our patients.  The center provides patients the best possible outcomes by offering compassionate care, along with the latest therapies and cutting-edge technologies.
To schedule an appointment or obtain more information, Patients are seen at The Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 51 Montvale Ave., Stoneham. For more information or to schedule appointment, please call (781) 213-5200.


Our team

Pelvic Health Center Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Wanda Blanton, MD, (l), Michael Newman, MD, medical director of gastroenterology services at Hallmark Health System, Vicki MacLean, WHNP-BC, Jennifer Gardner, LICSW and Roy Epstien, MD.

Links to physician information:

 

Wanda Blanton, M.D.

 

Roy Epstien, MD.


Aarti Kakkar, M.D.

 

Michael Newman, MD


Kenneth Shieh, M.D.

 

 

 


An overview of common conditions

The “pelvic floor” is the group of muscles, ligaments and tissues that support the organs of the pelvis.  Pelvic floor organs include the bladder, vagina, and rectum.  Pelvic floor disorders may be acquired due to tears, weakness, structural abnormalities, or poor coordination of the muscles, nerves, or organs in the pelvis.

Examples of pelvic floor disorders include:

Urinary incontinence

This is a loss of bladder control leading to urinary leakage. Urinary incontinence affects one in three women. Two common types of urinary incontinence are urge incontinence (urinary leakage with the sudden need to urinate) and stress incontinence (urinary leakage that occurs with physical effort, such as coughing, sneezing or exercising).

Pelvic organ prolapse

These pelvic support problems occur when one or more of the organs in a woman’s pelvis—the uterus, vagina, bladder or rectum—shifts down and creates a bulge in the vaginal canal, making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. Women with pelvic organ prolapse may see or feel a bulge in the vagina.
Fecal incontinence: This is a loss of bowel control leading to leakage of stool. This problem can be caused by muscle damage during childbirth, constipation, anal injury, nerve injury or rectal prolapse.

Defecatory dysfunction

This condition refers to problems emptying the bowels. Symptoms may include the frequent and uncomfortable urge to have a bowel movement, constipation, and leakage of gas, diarrhea or solid stool.

Voiding dysfunction

This term refers to a variety of conditions that lead to the inability to empty the bladder normally. Examples include weakness of the bladder muscle and mechanical obstruction.

When to seek help

Life can be challenging for women who are coping with these issues—all symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. By age 55, nearly half of all women will have some type of pelvic floor condition—and many will suffer in silence with the uncomfortable, embarrassing and sometimes disabling symptoms.

Sometimes, the onset of symptoms is so gradual that women get used to these problems, or don’t really notice them until something major occurs. But one thing is certain—pelvic floor conditions do not get better over time. While these disorders are more common as women age, they are not normal. You should seek medical consultation if you experience any symptoms that affect your daily activities, such as heaviness or pressure in the area of the vagina or pelvis, a bulge of tissue coming through the vaginal opening, accidental loss of urine, frequent or unexpected urges to urinate, or difficulty urinating. Early diagnosis will help ensure that you receive the quickest and most effective treatment.


 Diagnosis and treatment

The certified specialists at The Pelvic Health Center achieve the best possible outcomes by offering the latest diagnostic tools and therapies in addition to personalizing each patient’s treatment plan using a multi-disciplinary approach. Our specialists start with a full assessment and evaluation of the patient.  Some patients may need additional testing for diagnosis. The patient then receives guidance and education on treatment options. Our providers believe it is important that each patient be informed about his/her condition and take an active part in therapy.

Our team offers patients a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatment options. These may include behavioral and lifestyle changes, medications, physical therapy, injection therapy, or minimally invasive surgery. Depending on a patient’s specific needs, several types of treatments may be options to restore function or greatly reduce symptoms. Our specialists see patients at The Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 51 Montvale Ave., Stoneham.


 Appointments/hours

To schedule an appointment at The Center for Pelvic Health, call (781) 213-5200. Self-referrals are welcome. Please be prepared to tell the scheduler your symptoms so we may ensure that you are seen by a provider who specializes in your condition. If you know you want an appointment at a specific location, you may call the office directly at the numbers linked below.

Monday - Stoneham

Aarti Kakkar, M.D. – 8a.m.  – 3 p.m.


Kenneth Shieh, M.D. – 8 a.m.  – Noon

Tuesday – no office hours

Wednesday – Stoneham

Wanda Blanton, M.D. – 8 a.m.  – 4 p.m.


Aarti Kakkar, M.D. – 8 a.m.  – Noon

Thursday – Medford

Kenneth Shieh, M.D  – 8 a.m. – Noon


Wanda Blanton, M.D.  – 1 p.m.  – 4 p.m.

Thursday – Stoneham

Kenneth Shieh, M.D  – 1p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday – Medford

Aarti Kakkar, M.D. – 8 a.m.  – 3 p.m.

Friday – Stoneham

Wanda Blanton, M.D.  – 8 a.m. – Noon


Directions

The Pelvic Health Center

Stoneham Outpatient Campus

51 Montvale Ave. Stoneham

(781) 213-5200

Weekdays by appointment, based on availability

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