Women's Continence & Pelvic Health

The Women's Continence and Pelvic Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a multidisciplinary care team including specialists from urogynecology, urology, colorectal surgery, gynecology, and gastroenterology. Our goal is to provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for women who suffer from disorders associated with the female pelvic floor, including:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary frequency and urgency
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Difficulty in bladder or bowel emptying
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Painful bladder syndrome
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections

Surgical treatments performed for some of the conditions above include:

  • Suburethral slings
  • Vaginal vault suspension and enterocele repair
  • Hysterectomy (when indicated)
  • Cystocele or rectocele repair
  • Insertion of the interstim sacral nerve implant
  • Injection of periurethral bulking agents
  • Rectopexy
  • Anal sphincter repair
  • Colon resection (when indicated)

These operations may be done transvaginally or transrectally, laparoscopically or with an incision. Surgeons at the Cedars-Sinai Center for Women's Continence and Pelvic Health choose the least invasive option that is safe and appropriate for the patient.

Measuring the Quality of Care at the Cedars-Sinai Center for Women's Continence and Pelvic Health

At the Cedars-Sinai Center for Women's Continence and Pelvic Health, a variety of factors are monitored to measure the quality of care available to patients including:

  • Board certification. To be board certified, the physician has been subject to both written and oral examinations that ensure that his or her breadth of knowledge and reasoning skills are on par with other physicians in each field of specialization. All members of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Women's Continence and Pelvic Health are board certified.
  • Total volumes of procedures. Studies suggest that for many surgical procedures, hospitals that perform high volumes have better quality outcomes.

 

Volumes201020112012
Suburethral sling432404405
Vaginal vault suspension161718

 

  • Comparing Outpatient and Inpatient Suburethral Sling Rates. As detailed in the chart below, Cedars-Sinai's CWCPH physicians perform outpatient suburethral slings at a far greater rate than the UHC average, which eliminates inpatient hospital admission and helps patients get back to their lives sooner.

 

  Cedars-Sinai
Percent Outpatient vs InpatientUHC Average1201020112012
Outpatient64.7%69.0%74.5%76.0%
Inpatient35.3%31.0%25.5%24.0%

 

  • Average length of stays (ALOS). This refers to the average number of days a patient stays at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after being admitted. The goal is to ensure that all patients are appropriately treated in the hospital for their respective conditions and are not hospitalized longer than they should be. Suburethral sling procedures and vaginal vault suspension are often done in conjunction with other surgeries such as bladder suspension, rectocele repair and hysterectomy when indicated, lengthening the hospital stay. As detailed in the chart below, in-patient suburethral slings and vaginal vault suspensions performed by Cedars-Sinai’s CWCPH physicians result in a consistently shorter length of stay than the UHC average.

 

Average Length of StayUHC Average1201020112012
Suburethral sling3.43 days3.34 days3.22 days3.96 days
Vaginal vault suspension1.92 days1.57 days1.53 days1.76 days

 

1The UHC average data is derived from the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager. UHC is an alliance of 119 academic medical centers and 293 of their affiliated hospitals, representing approximately 90% of the nation's non-profit academic medical centers. Most of these facilities participate in the Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager. The UHC average reflects all patients, excluding LOS outliers, discharged January 1 - December 31, 2012. The data was accessed on May 6, 2013.