Health Watch - A Going Concern: Collagen Injections

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about bladder problems. Stress incontinence, where urine leaks when a person sneezes or laughs, is a common problem among women, and while it isn’t life-threatening, it is embarrassing and can affect a patient’s life. Surgery is often used to correct the problem, but it doesn’t always work.

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that injecting collagen into the tissue around the urethra helped stop the leaks. The injections were given under brief anesthesia, and 3-D ultrasound helped doctors determine if another injection was needed. Almost all of the women treated this way considered their conditions cured or improved. Dr. Philippe Zimmern, a UT Southwestern urologist, says women don’t have to live with stress incontinence, and this procedure is a good alternative for women who don’t want to or who are unable to go through additional surgery to correct the problem.

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April 2009

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