One in three women will experience a pelvic floor disorder in their lifetime, which can manifest as bladder and bowel control problems and pelvic organ prolapse. While these problems are generally not life-threatening, they can have a dramatic impact on patients’ quality of life.
“Many women believe that pelvic floor disorders are a normal part of aging or they feel ashamed and embarrassed so they avoid seeking care,” said Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) urogynecologist Patrick Nosti, MD. “I think it’s critical that women understand that these conditions are common and that there are many safe and effective treatment options.”
Nosti’s specialty is referred to as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) or Urogynecology, and he is one of just a few area doctors who has completed a three-year fellowship to treat pelvic floor disorders. He is trained in all surgical and non-surgical approaches including laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
“My aim is to work with patients to develop a treatment plan that best suits their goals,” said Nosti. “Surgery is not for everyone, and we can develop a plan that addresses each patient’s individual concerns. Women should not be left to suffer while their condition goes untreated – especially given the fact that so many effective treatments are available.”
Choosing Kansas City to practice medicine was an easy decision for Nosti. After graduating from nearby Shawnee Mission East High School, he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from the University of Kansas. Following his residency at the University of Indiana, he completed a FPMRS fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
For more information regarding Nosti and treatment options for incontinence issues, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.