Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Urology
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Female Pelvic Medicine

Conditions we treat within this category include:

  • Fistula, an abnormal hole in the wall of the vagina or other organs
  • Incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Urethral diverticula
  • Voiding dysfunction

The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) program focuses on treatment options for urological conditions such as voiding disorders, pelvic floor disorders, vaginal prolapse, and female incontinence. These conditions impact up to 25% of women and can have significant negative impact on one’s quality of life. Our team is conducting research to improve current treatment options while partnering with women to provide them with the highest quality of care to meet their individual needs.


The goal of our research is to develop breakthrough treatments and to enhance the quality of care of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders. We are currently conducting clinical trials as well as outcomes-based research focused on reducing symptom burden and improving the overall quality of life for women with pelvic floor disorders.

Selected Publications

Liu JS, Dickmeyer LJ, Nettey O, Hofer MD, Flury SC, Kielb SJ. Disparities in female urologic case distribution with new subspecialty certification and surgeon gender. Neurourology and Urodynamics, December 2017.

Liu JS, Nettey O, Vo AX, Hofer MD, Flury SC, Kielb SJ. Prolapse repair with and without apical resuspension-Practice patterns among certifying American urologists. Neurourology and Urodynamics, November 2017.

Prendergast E, Silver H, Johnson LL, Simon M, Feinglass J, Kielb S, Hairston J, Lewicky-Gaupp C. Anatomic Outcomes of Robotic Assisted Supracervical Hysterectomy and Concurrent Sacrocolpopexy at a Tertiary Care Institution at Initial Adaptation of the Procedure. Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, January 2016.

 Patient Care

Many women are reluctant to talk to their physicians about these issues, but these conditions are very common and, in many cases, have a simple resolution. Our team is led by Dr. Stephanie Kielb, a board certified urologist with fellowship training in FPMRS. We offer sacral neuromodulation and botulinum toxin injections for urinary leakage in addition to minimally invasive procedures for stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, including robotic surgery as well as native-tissue and mesh slings.

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