Urologists at the University of Arizona are experts in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Medical and surgical treatments can help stop urine leakage, restore normal anatomy, and relieve pain. Our urologists specialize in female pelvic disorders including female urinary incontinence, uterine and vaginal prolapse, and chronic pelvic pain from interstitial cystitis. Problems with the urinary system can create serious health issues and can dramatically impact all areas of a patient's life. Our goal is to improve quality of life so that you can focus more on your responsibilities and living a life you enjoy.
What Sets Us Apart
Our surgeons are experts in the use of the da Vinci robotic surgical system for complex pelvic prolapse surgery to ensure that you have all the best options available to you. Surgery can include minimally invasive slings, open surgery or laparoscopic/robotic approaches.
Our team includes two female nurse practitioners with expertise in caring for women’s urologic problems. Together with our surgeons, they help ensure that patients receive professional, understanding, and discrete care for their problems.
Our female pelvic medicine surgeons, Drs. Christian Twiss and Joel Funk, have developed minimally invasive surgical techniques to harvest a patient’s own tissue from the thigh muscles (autologous fascia) and use it to perform repair of vaginal prolapse either through the vagina or robotically through the abdomen with comparable results to repairs using foreign material (synthetics/mesh). We are one of only a few centers in the country — and the only one in the Southwest — that routinely offers autologous fascia vaginal prolapse repair without use of synthetic mesh. Additionally, our surgeons routinely perform the autologous (non-mesh) sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence. This allows our patients the opportunity to consider surgical repair of their vaginal prolapse or incontinence without the use of any synthetic products, including mesh materials.
We also employ the latest diagnostic strategies and technology available to accurately diagnose the underlying problem. Treatment options include behavioral modification, medications, physical therapy and state of the art surgery when necessary. We are able to perform most studies, including retrograde urethrograms and cystoscopy.