James Stempel, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN physician and surgeon at Women's Healthcare Associates in Portland, Oregon.
About the Provider
Dr. Stempel cares for women during pregnancy and throughout their lives. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), including traditional and robotic laparoscopy. He was one of the first OB/GYN surgeons in Portland to develop and perform laparoscopic supercervical hysterectomy in the mid-90s, a break-through in MIS. For the past 16 years, Dr. Stempel has led annual surgical trips to Guatemala, where he performs surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse among a population of women who are at a far greater risk of developing the condition. This experience has enabled him to develop advanced skills, particularly in the area of vaginal approach surgery, which is the least invasive approach to gynecological surgery.
Dr. Stempel is part of WHA’s urogynecology team specializing in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, particularly stress and urge incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In this area of his practice, Dr. Stempel sees women experiencing:
- Leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing, lifting, running or jumping.
- Difficulty making it to the bathroom in time, having to urinate frequently, or getting up at night to urinate frequently.
- Pain with a full bladder or pain urinating.
- A bulge at the opening of the vagina.
- Trouble emptying the bladder or having a bowel movement.
- Pelvic pressure.
After a consultation and evaluation, Dr. Stempel works with women experiencing these symptoms to decide on a solution that best meets their needs, considering their lifestyle, health goals, cost of treatment and anticipated results. Solutions may include physical therapy, lifestyle changes, medication, or surgical procedures, such as transvaginal slings to correct stress incontinence, robotic mesh suspension to correct prolapse, prolapse repairs performed vaginally, or one of the latest developments in prolapse surgery: the transvaginal mesh kit.