MatriStem® Surgery


Pelvic floor prolapse is when a woman’s reproductive organs fall from her vaginal area. This can occur as the result of childbirth, diabetes or a hereditary condition, and can cause urinary incontinence, problems with bowel movements and problems during intercourse.

Ann E. Behrend-Uhls, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center is now performing a new, minimally invasive procedure that can fix the problem and help the patient avoid a major surgery. “During the Behrend_Uhls_Annprocedure, we place a natural, organic substance called MatriStem in the vaginal area,” says Behrend-Uhls. “It works with the natural tissue in a woman’s vagina to strengthen it and then MatriStem dissolves. We can perform this procedure without entering through the abdomen, so there are no scars and patients can go home the same day and be back to normal activities within a few weeks.”

“It is phenomenal how well this material can reconstruct a woman’s pelvic floor,” says Behrend-Uhls.

For more information, call 573-331-3996.