About Us //
Incontinence, prolapse, and other pelvic problems are very common. In most cases, they can be successfully treated. Northeast Urogynecology, Pelvic Medicine, and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery exists to provide an integrated diagnostic and therapeutic approach for the patient who is experiencing loss of continence (urinary or fecal), pelvic support, or other bladder or pelvic dysfunction. This type of approach not only results in the most satisfactory care rendered but is more convenient for the patient and cost-effective as well. If you are bothered by these types of problems, or if they affect your daily living and enjoyment of life, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Our Mission //
> Offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for children and adults with all degrees of urinary and fecal incontinence, urinary dysfunction, and pelvic support disorders.
> Encourage patients to make informed choices about treatment options.
> Provide an efficient, honest, and accessible staff and a kind, caring environment for our patients.
> Develop and participate in experimental studies which help to better diagnose and treat incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
> Increase awareness of incontinence and pelvic support disorders by the education of healthcare providers and the public.
> Acknowledge God as the one who works through us to restore health, and to honor and glorify him in everything we do.
Robert W. Lobel, M.D., Director
The director of Northeast Urogynecology is Dr. Robert Lobel, the only fellowship-trained urogynecologist in the Capital District. Dr. Lobel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Oral Roberts University. He served his residency in Phoenix, Arizona at Maricopa Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and completed a two-year fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Evanston Hospital and Northwestern University Medical School. He is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He moved to Albany to found the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Albany Medical College and the Center for Continence and Pelvic Support at the Women’s Health Center of Albany Med.
Dr. Lobel is active in both national and international professional societies. The recipient of both local and national awards for his research endeavors, he has written many articles in medical journals and textbooks, supervises numerous research projects, and has a national and international reputation within his subspecialty. Dr. Lobel directs a fellowship training program at the Northeast Urogynecology, which currently has one board-eligible gynecologist enrolled in a three-year training program. Dr. Lobel supervises both the overall care given at Northeast Urogynecology and also the many research opportunities available to patients through practice.
When Should I See a Urogynecologist? //
It is not a normal part of a woman’s aging process to develop uncomfortable, troublesome symptoms of incontinence, prolapse, or pelvic pain. Women need not “learn to live with it.” Effective help is usually available through the services of a urogynecologist.
Although your primary care physician or gynecologist may have knowledge about these problems, a urogynecologist can offer additional, more sophisticated expertise. You should see a urogynecologist when you have problems of prolapse, incontinence, urinary or pelvic dysfunction, or when your primary doctor recommends consultation. Other problems for which you or your doctor might think about consulting a urogynecologist include: problems with emptying the bladder or rectum, pelvic pain, and the need for special expertise in vaginal surgery.