Pelvic Health & Incontinence

With fellowship training in pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, neurourology, urodynamics and female pelvic medicine, our team treats even the most complicated cases of incontinence.

Urinary incontinence and bladder dysfunction are treated in conjunction with urology, colorectal surgery, physical rehabilitation and psychology services. Whether it’s an advancement in robotic surgery, reconstruction or another treatment technique, this team’s goal is to promote overall pelvic health with individualized comprehensive treatment plans.

Our expertise and vast experience means we can help - even when previous treatments or surgeries have been unsuccessful. We are a primary referral center for the state of Connecticut and the southern New England region, performing numerous complex incontinence procedures.


Pioneering Experts in Treating Urinary Incontinence

Accurately diagnosing the cause of incontinence is vital to effective treatment. Our Pelvic Health Team is co-led by urologist Richard Kershen, MD, and urogynecologist Elisabeth Sappenfield, MD. The high standards of care set by our practice are often adopted by others, and we were the first in Connecticut to develop a urogynecology fellowship training program to train the next generation of incontinence specialists.


Experts in Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Our team has contributed significantly to clinical research projects that have helped to advance this field. For instance, we pioneered laparoscopic, robotic surgery for pelvic organ prolapse in the Northeast. Many patients have incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse simultaneously, and we are one of the few practices that can surgically treat both at the same time, avoiding multiple surgeries.


Reconstructive Urological Surgery Experts

Our urologic surgeons pride themselves on being able to provide patients with one of the most powerful “medications” – hope. Patients turn to us for revision surgeries for vaginal mesh complications, failed anti-incontinence surgeries or unsuccessful prior prolapse surgery.

As leaders in prostate cancer treatment, we also specialize in post-prostatectomy incontinence and treat more patients than any other local institution. Some of the complex reconstructive surgeries we specialize in include procedures for urethral diverticula and vesicovaginal fistulas. We are also experts in urethral reconstruction, offering patients with painful urethral stricture disease successful urethraplasty surgical options.


Neurogenic Bladder Treatment Experts

People with damaged central nervous system nerves often suffer from neurogenic bladder. With conditions like spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons disease, people can lose proper control over their bladder function. As neurourology experts with specialized training in urodynamic testing, our team can identify the physiology of the underlying causes of bladder dysfunction. We help people with neurogenic bladder live healthier, more comfortable lives.


Pelvic Health & Incontinence


Pelvic Health and Incontinence at the Tallwood Institute

Our Pelvic Health and Incontinence Physicians:
Elisabeth Sappenfield

 

Urogynecology
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Enfield, CT 06082
More Locations
Avon, CT 06001
Hartford, CT 06106
Christine LaSala

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Urogynecology
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute - Pelvic Health
Avon, CT 06001
More Locations
New Britain, CT 06053
Elena Tunitsky-Bitton

4.9

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital Department of Urogynecology
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Avon, CT 06001
Adam Steinberg

 

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital Department of Urogynecology
Hartford, CT 06106
Brian McLeod

4.9

Urology
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Backus Center for Specialty Care - Urology
Plainfield, CT 06374
Brandon Stahl

4.9

Urologic Oncology
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Norwich, CT 06360
Paul Tulikangas

4.9

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital Department of Urogynecology
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Richard Kershen

4.8

Urology
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
West Hartford, CT 06107
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Milford, CT 06461
Dmitry Volkin

 

Urology
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Waterford, CT 06385
More Locations
Norwich, CT 06360

Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute