Female Urology, Incontinence

Sling Surgery is More Effective than Burch for Bladder Control in Women

In the largest and most rigorous U.S. trial comparing two traditional operations for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women, a team of urologists and urogynecologists supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that a sling procedure helps more women achieve dryness than the Burch technique. The study is being released early by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) to coincide with a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association on May 21, 2007. Results will appear in the May 24 print edition of NEJM.

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Dropped Bladder: Here's Help for Women Dealing with the Problem

Dropped bladder is a general term used by doctors and patients to describe a condition known as Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Pelvic Organ Prolapse means that one of the pelvic organs - the bladder, the uterus, the intestines or the rectum has fallen down into the vagina. Prolapse ranges in severity from very mild (i.e. prolapse that can only be felt by your doctor on examination) to severe where one or more of the pelvic organs actually protrude through the vaginal opening. When the prolapse is severe you can actually see it; it looks like a red ball protruding from the vagina.

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Female Incontinence Problems: How do you find the right doctor?

Incontinence, simply defined, is the involuntary loss of urine. That means that a woman leaks urine into pads or underwear. It might just dampen the underwear or it might soak it. It is a persistent medical and social problem for millions of women of all ages. I have this embarrassing problem, am I stuck with it? The good news is that with proper treatment, the overwhelming majority of women who experience this problem can be cured or dramatically improved.

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