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Pocono physicians recognized for incontinence care

Lehigh Valley Physician Group Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery had the honor of being named an InterStim™ Center of Excellence by Medtronic, the world’s largest medical device manufacturer.

The distinction is awarded to caregivers who have demonstrated expertise in the use of the InterStim™ system to treat overactive bladder, as well as non-obstructive urinary retention and chronic fecal incontinence.

According to the National Association for Continence, more than 33 million Americans live with incontinence, and a great many of them don’t realize that their condition may be treatable.

Of those patients who do seek treatment, many choose the InterStim™ system. This technology delivers relief by gently stimulating the patient’s sacral nerves through a small device implanted in the lower back. In the 20 years since its introduction, it has been used by more than 300,000 patients worldwide.

“We’re incredibly proud to have been selected by Medtronic for this recognition,” says Radhika Ailawadi, MD, chief of urogynecology at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

“Our practice includes three passionate physicians who have dedicated themselves to providing the highest level of patient care possible. Seeing our patients thrive is the greatest reward we could ever achieve, but Medtronic’s recognition and this distinction brings us extra joy.”

Receiving the Center of Excellence designation is a noteworthy accomplishment in the field. Through a highly selective process, Medtronic identifies those practices that are particularly proficient in the placement of the InterStim™ system, reviewing such factors as the number of procedures performed, patient satisfaction, outcomes and more.

“We are thrilled to recognize Dr. Ailawadi and her team for their commitment to helping patients in their community suffering from incontinence by providing them with leading-edge compassionate care,” said Chelsea Novak, Medtronic Associate Sales Representative.