When pelvic organ prolapse becomes an issue you just cannot ignore, Chesapeake Urology offers a number of solutions to resore your qualiy of life and alleviate your discomfort, including a vaginal pessary.
One of the unique features of our Women's Personal Health Care program are our highly trained pessary placement specialists. These specialists include a physician assistant and a nurse practitioner who are dedicated to helping you get a custom fit pessary to relieve many of the symptoms of prolapse.
What is a Pessary?
A vaginal pessary is small device made from medical grade silicon to support the prolapse organ and to reestablish the pelvic floor. A pessary is a safe, minimally invasive option for treating pelvic organ prolapse.
How does a pessary work?
The pessary works by correcting the anatomic issue related to a woman's prolapse. when a pelvic organ or organs drop, it creates pressure and discomfort in the vagina. Pessaries provide support to the vagina and help reinforce the muscles and tissues of the pelvic floor area. A pessary typically relieves most, if not all, of the symptoms associated with prolapse.
Chesapeake Urology's pessary placement specialists are dedicated to providing women with a superior patient experience with a focus on comfort. At your initial visit, you will be fitted for a pessary and our specialist will place the type of pessary that is right for your body and type of prolapse. One of our specialists will also teach you how to care for your new pessary including how to remove it, clean it and reinsert it.
If you require assistance with the maintainence and care of your pessary, our specialists will see you every three months to clean and reinsert the pessary for you. Our goal is to ensure your comfort and a successful treatment to prolapse.
Your Follow-Up Appointment
After your initial pessary fitting, you will be scheduled for a follow-up visit in about one to two weeks. At this visit our pessary specialists will do the following:
- Remove and clean the pessary
- Examine your vagina for any erosions
- Make sure the pessary fits well and is comfortable
- Teach you how to remove, clean and reinsert the pessary on a weekly basis, if you are motivated to do this yourself (women who choose not to remove and reinsert the pessary themselves can return to our pessary specialist in one to two months and then every three months thereafter for cleaning and assessment)
You will then be scheduled for a second follow-up visit in about one to two months with follow-up visits every six to 12 months thereafter.
If a pessary is the right option to treat your prolapse, our dedicated specialists will be by your side every step of the way to ensure successful treatment and your optimal comfort.
Meet Our Pessary Specialists
Chesapeake Urology pessary specialists, Ally Gordon and Sondra Barker, work with prolapse patients to provide custom fit vaginal pessaries to treat pelvic organ prolapse. They also teach women how to care for and maintain the pessary for optimal results.
Ally Gordon, P.A.-C
Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians
- Medical School of Vitebsk State University, Vitebsk, Belarus, M.D.
- Central City Hospital, Gomel, Belarus, OB/Gyn residency
- Towson University/Essex Community College, M.S. with Distinction, Physician Assistant Program
Ally served as an OB/Gyn in her native Belarus, where she practiced from 1990 to 2001. She worked as a Physician Assistant in Baltimore area hospitals before joining Chesapeake Urology’s Continence Center. She provides urological consulting and sees patients in the hospital and ER at Northwest and Sinai Hospitals. She specializes in the evaluation, treatment and follow-up of patient with continence issues, pelvic prolapse, pelvic pain and related conditions.
Sondra Barker, CRNP, MS, RN
Sondra Barker, CRNP, MS, RN, has more than 26 years of experience in nursing and has spent that last decade as a women’s health nurse practitioner who specializes in urogynecology. Sondra has extensive experience working with women living with GYN and pelvic health conditions including pelvic organ prolapse. As part of her extensive experience in women's pelvic health disorders, Sondra is trained in the fitting and placement of vaginal pessaries as a treatment for prolapse. She works to ensure every patient's utmost comfort with the pessary for long term success.