Health Watch - A Going Concern: Incontinence

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Most of us don’t really like talking about our bathroom visits, but when that becomes a problem, it can really affect our lives. This week on Health Watch, we’ll discuss incontinence, urgency and other bladder-related problems.

Dr. Philippe Zimmern, a urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says incontinence has been something of a taboo field — patients don’t like talking about it and primary care physicians are unfamiliar with it, even though it’s one of the most common chronic problems in women. With stress incontinence, laughing or sneezing causes urine to leak. In urge incontinence, patients may have trouble fighting the urge to urinate until they reach a bathroom. The cause of incontinence can often be determined with a few simple tests. Treatments include exercises, medication or surgery.

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Next: One procedure for dealing with stress incontinence.


April 2009

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