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Incontinence & Pelvic Floor Disorders

Incontinence & Pelvic Floor Disorders


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Pelvic floor disorders are problems that affect a woman’s pelvic organs -- the uterus (or womb), vagina, bladder, rectum and the muscles that surround and support them.

The two most common problems are:


Women with weakness of the pelvic muscles or tears in the connective tissue may begin to have problems controlling their bladder and bowels. They often describe:

  • urine leakage (urinary incontinence)
  • bowel gas or stool leakage (anal incontinence)
  • difficulty emptying their bladder (voiding dysfunction)
  • overactive bladder
  • or having a bowel movement (constipation).


Some women also feel or see tissue coming out of the opening of their vagina. This can be a prolapsing cervix and uterus or the walls of the vagina.  It is possible to experience one or several of these signs and symptoms of pelvic floor disorders.

Fortunately, Silver Cross has several doctors on staff who specialize in diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders:



Dexter Arrington, M.D., New Lenox, Olympia Fields

Jose Battistini, M.D., Joliet

Francisco Garcini, M.D., New Lenox

Nicole Gress, M.D., New Lenox 

Hysoo Ka-Widmann, M.D., New Lenox

Gamilah Pierre, M.D., New Lenox 



Sandra Culbertson, M.D., New Lenox, Chicago

Nahla Merhi, M.D., New Lenox



Greg J. Andros, M.D., Joliet 

Thomas Burns, Jr., M.D., Joliet 

Luke Cho, M.D., Joliet 

Gregory Lewis, M.D., Joliet, New Lenox 

Ryan Manecke, M.D., Joliet, New Lenox

Constance Marks, M.D., Joliet, New Lenox

Sandeep Sawkney, M.D., Joliet, New Lenox

Ernesto Tan, M.D., Lockport



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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.