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SGH Pelvic Floor Disorders Service Outreach Programmes

Our Inaugural Pelvic Floor Disorder Service (PFDS) Public Forum in August 2012 attracted over 900 members of the public.  In continuing our public outreach efforts, the 2nd installation of the PFDS Public Forum was held in October 2013.  This year, the 3rd installation of the PFDS Public Forum is scheduled in October.  Watch this space and read on to know more.

Pelvic floor disorders (PFD) comprise a myriad of conditions that affect many Singaporeans, and these can be potentially debilitating both physically and emotionally. PFD include functional bowel conditions like faecal incontinence and constipation, as well as functional urogynaecological problems like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Although most affected individuals are elderly, a significant number of younger patients also present to us due to factors other than natural ageing, such as childbirth, diabetes and other medical conditions that weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Similarly, while these conditions more commonly affect women, men are certainly not spared as well. Furthermore, it is common for affected individuals to present with a complex combination of pelvic floor disorders that are best managed by several specialists in order to optimise outcomes.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of awareness and understanding of these conditions, affected individuals often fail to receive the necessary attention and frequently suffer in silence. However, advances in medical science have now made it possible to effectively treat and improve the quality of life of such patients, through a wide range of individualised investigative and treatment modalities.

We have also made progress in therapeutic innovation, by performing several ‘firsts’ in the region, including surgery for both faecal incontinence and constipation.

Following the success of the 1st PFDS Public Forum in August 2012, we have seen an increase in the numbers of patients with pelvic floor disorders coming forward for treatment. Some of these individuals have benefited tremendously from our integrated care.  There was a sharing session on their personal journeys at the forum last year.

We hope to cast the net wide in our public outreach efforts.