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12:04 PM, Nov 18, 2011   |    comments
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• wants to think about incontinence, but if you're having problems you should talk to your doctor.
• More than 33 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence - that's 1 in 6 adults.
• More women have it than men.
• Urinary incontinence falls into 3 general categories -
Stress incontinence or involuntary loss of urine with physical activity
Urge incontinence or loss of urine preceded by a sense of urgency
Mixed incontinence including both stress and urge leakage
• There are many causes for incontinence: muscle weakness, muscle spasm, constipation, trauma from pregnancy and childbirth, prior surgeries, hormone loss or deficiency and personal habits (ie: excessive caffeine use, smoking, weight gain). It is not caused by age.

Treatment can be either a single intervention or multiple therapies, such as
Behavioral therapy
Physical therapy
Surgical procedures
• What people don't know - and they REALLY avoid talking about - is that many people who suffer from urinary incontinence also suffer from bowel incontinence.
• Often times people with bowel incontinence don't tell anyone - even their doctor - even if they are seeking treatment for urinary incontinence.
• An estimated 8.3% of the population or more than 18 million adults in the U.S. have bowel incontinence.
• If you are one of them, you need to talk to your doctor - there's help.
• Doctors have been implanting a device to treat urinary incontinence for years. Patients who received the device began reporting that it not only solved their urinary incontinence, but their bowel incontinence as well!
• The FDA has approved it for use to treat bowel incontinence and the doctors are using at Metro Health!
• For many patients, the device is remarkable. They find a whole new sense of freedom and can live the life they want - engaging with family, feeling free to go out in public, etc.
• Implanting the device is a very simple procedure.



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