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Continence and Pelvic Floor Services

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Why are millions of women afraid to sneeze? Or cough, laugh, jump, or even reach for a book on a high shelf?

Because even these simple movements can trigger accidental urinary leakage for the millions with Stress Urinary Incontinence, or SUI.

It is estimated that urinary incontinence affects up to 80 percent of geriatric patients, 50 percent of nursing home residents and 20 percent of women over the age of 40.

The disorder, which is most commonly seen as a result of pregnancy and/or menopause, deals with the involuntary loss of urine control.

Urinary incontinence comes in two forms, urge incontinence and stress incontinence. Urge incontinence is a feeling of urgency when a patient has to urinate and simply can't hold it. Stress incontinence occurs when urine is involuntarily leaked due to an action, such as when a patient is laughing, coughing, sneezing, even walking.

These conditions are frequently associated with pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when the pelvic floor muscles become weak or damaged and can no longer support the pelvic organs (bladder, urethra, uterus, rectum) and they begin to push against through the walls of the vagina and in some cases can protrude through the vaginal opening.

At Good Samaritan Medical Center, we have physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating women with these pelvic floor disorders and urinary incontinence. From an office work-up with specialized testing (multichannel urodynamic studies) to appropriate use of medications and if necessary surgery, you will find the solution to your stress urinary incontinence.

Good Samaritan Medical Center also offers minimally invasive surgery for stress incontinence with excellent results that allows for a significantly faster recovery time for patients.

Urinary incontinence can affect relationships, work, exercise and mood. To schedule an appointment, call DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959.

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