At the Center for Female Pelvic Medicine, we treat women with pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence and urgency, voiding dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, bowel dysfunction, and female sexual dysfunction. We specialize in serving women’s health care needs in a sensitive, considerate and confidential manner, providing the highest quality of care.
Our physicians are fellowship-trained to perform advanced surgical procedures using minimally invasive techniques including the daVinci® surgical system. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we also provide a variety of options to help manage the effects of cancer on sexual health as well as address the other unique problems faced by oncology patients involving the urinary tract, pelvic floor, chronic fatigue, anxiety/depression, and body image.
- Office Urodynamics
- Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
- Sacral Neuromodulation
- Bladder Retraining
- Bladder Instillations
- Pessary Fittings and Management
- Cystoscopy and Hysteroscopy
- Peri-urethral Injections
- Bladder Botox Injections
- Robotics and other minimally invasive surgical techniques
Overcoming Urinary Incontinence
Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease. It affects 13 million adults in the United States with 85% of them being women. On a temporary basis, it can be caused by vaginal infections, constipation or certain medications. Persistent urinary incontinence can be caused by weakness of the bladder or the muscles supporting it, overactive bladder muscles or urinary tract obstruction.
Painful Bladder Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)
Interstitial cystitis, or painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the bladder. Patients often are misdiagnosed and suffer for years before receiving proper treatment. Affected women experience severe urinary urgency and frequency, voiding 40 or more times/daily. The hallmark of the condition is pain, and the pain can be so excruciating that the condition is often recognized as a disability. While there is no cure, many treatments offer relief.
About Pelvic Organ Prolapse
20% of women before age 65 and 56% of women after age 65 experiences symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse. 1 out of every 9 women will undergo surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse in her lifetime. Women may suffer from pelvic organ prolapse after giving birth, even if they have had a C-section. Other risk factors include: being overweight, smoking, having a chronic cough, heavy lifting or constipation.
- urinary frequency
- problems emptying your bladder
- frequent urinary tract infections
- fullness or pressure in the vaginal region
- difficulty evacuating stool from the rectum
- difficult or painful sexual intercourse
- urinary and fecal incontinence
- vaginal pain, irritation, bleeding or spotting
Female Sexual Dysfunction
A woman’s sexual responsiveness is not the same as a man’s. Sexual pleasure is the result of a “mind and body” collaboration. A variety of physical changes can be responsible for discomfort or reduced pleasure during sexual intercourse and can be reversed with appropriate therapy. If you are experiencing sexual dysfunction, especially if you have developed a chronic medical condition, are taking a new medication, have undergone surgery, or are postmenopausal, you should discuss the circumstances with one of our physicians.
To make an appointment, call 404.530.3041.
Felicia L. Rhaney, MD
Director of the Center for Female Pelvic Medicine
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Center of Central Georgia
Fellowship: Urogynecology, Radical and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Northside Hospital
Certifications: Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Board-Eligible in Urogynecology. Certified daVinci® Robotic Surgeon.
Languages: English (Language interpretation available)
Felicia L. Rhaney, MD., F.A.C.O.G., a urogynecologist and pelvic reconstructive surgeon, is Director of the Center for Female Pelvic Medicine at Atlanta Medical Center. A native of Augusta, GA, she received her bachelor of science degree in mathematics and computer science from Spelman College, graduating cum laude. She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College, graduating with high honors. While at Meharry, she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, an honor bestowed upon no more than the top 6 percent of graduating medical students in the nation. She completed a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and a two-year fellowship in urogynecology, radical and reconstructive pelvic surgery at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. She has practiced in the Atlanta area since 2007.
Before joining Atlanta Medical Center, Dr. Rhaney practiced for six years with Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology, formerly the largest gynecologic oncology practice in the United States.
As a breast cancer survivor, Dr. Rhaney is uniquely suited to understand and treat the issues women face as a result of cancer treatment.
Read Dr. Rhaney’s personal narrative