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Weak bladders are a common problem

14 December 2016

It is a subject that most women would prefer to keep quiet about – but female incontinence is treatable and experts at Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital say it shouldn’t be suffered in silence.

“If women did discuss it with friends they would find they are certainly not alone,” said Consultant UroGynaecologist Mr Jagdish Gandhi.

“Research shows that 25 to 45 percent of women have some degree of urinary incontinence (UI) at some time in their lives,” said Mr Gandhi “In fact twice as many women than men experience UI and when you consider things like pregnancy, childbirth and the menopause, as well as the structure of the female urinary tract, it isn’t hard to see why.”

Mr Gandhi added: “The subject is much more discussed nowadays than it was in the past but most women still put up with the problem for a long time before going to see their GP and starting along the treatment pathway.

“Yet, in so many cases, the solution is a fairly simple one. We undertake urodynamic assessments and biofeedback to establish exactly how the patient’s bladder is functioning. Sometimes it can be treated by effective pelvic floor exercises, behavioural changes, bladder retraining and medication."

“If you are one of those women who have to cross their knees and rush to the toilet, injections of Botox into the bladder might be a minimally invasive option to stop the problem. Many patients find that their life is transformed without the need for frequent trips to the toilet and embarrassing mishaps."

On the other hand if you are suffering from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) eg leaks on coughing, sneezing, physical activities or exercising then once again after a comprehensive assessment you may have an option of benefiting from pelvic floor muscle training with our qualified physiotherapists, Injection around the Urethra or indeed insertion of Tape procedure (sling) to support the urethra, which is a highly successful operation. However the first step towards success is to talk to your health professionals." concluded Mr Gandhi.

To make an appointment to see Mr Gandhi call the hospital on 01482 672 412

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