I'm Dr. O'Connell, dual Board-Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (also known as Urogynecology) and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Urogynecology as a specialty has been around for some time but only recently recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties, and it is a corroborative effort between the boards of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology. I've been in practice since 1998, and since 2011 have dedicated my practice to Urogynecology as well as Gynecology. As a Urogynecologist I treat urinary and fecal incontinence as well as disorders of the bladder and pelvic floor and pelvic prolapse. Because I began my practice as a general Ob/Gyn, I remain available to some degree for general Gynecology, but I retired from delivering babies (Obstetrics) in 2011. As a Gynecologist I specialize in difficult complex conditions such as chronic pelvic pain, pelvic masses that aren't cancerous, bladder pain, fibroids, endometriosis and hormonal consultations. I specialize in the care of non-pregnant women, but for patients who have a positive pregnancy test, I will confirm that their pregnancy appears healthy and refer them to an Obstetrician with whom I'd entrust the care of a loved one. The decision to stop delivering babies was difficult. I believe that Urogynecologists should follow the lead of other Ob/Gyn subspecialists as I believe that they narrowed the focus of their practice for good reasons, all of which improve patient care and outcomes and studies demonstrate this.
No matter how large my practice grows, it retains a personal feel because we take your care personally. I tend to have little staff turnover, and my wife still helps out in the office when she can. I believe that patients and doctors get better results when they communicate well, and this can only occur in a non-judgmental environment of trust and open access. While much of my specialty is surgical in nature, I believe in exploring non-surgical options whenever realistically possible- I've had surgery before, and if it can be avoided in the course of effective treatment, I and most other surgeons believe that's what's best. My patients have my email address and my cell phone number and our answering service is answered 24/7. We also have a rule that patients who believe they need to be seen today are seen today whenever possible.
On a personal note, I'm married to my wife Stephanie, who I met in New York City when I was finishing my residency. We have two children, Christopher and Isabella and we reside in an outlying suburb. We enjoy family activities and our local community.