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Urinary Incontinence

Solutions for Urinary Incontinence In York

Losing bladder control is no fun, especially if you are out in public. Losing bladder control is not a normal sign of aging, either. Urinary incontinence is a potentially embarrassing and uncomfortable problem, but you don’t have to live with it. Especially when there are so many treatment options available.

While some women may occasionally leak urine when they cough or sneeze, others may have an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and powerful that they cannot reach a toilet in time. The bottom line: If urinary incontinence affects your daily activities, see your doctor. You may be surprised to learn that simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease your discomfort or stop your urinary incontinence.


TVT Tension-Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator for Stress Incontinence

Urinary incontinence, which is the involuntary leakage of urine, is an extremely common, distressing and socially debilitating condition, especially among women. Sufferers often become social recluses and avoid interacting with others out of fear of embarrassment. Urinary incontinence occurs when actions like coughing, sneezing or lifting put pressure on your bladder and make you pee a little.

Sadly, it often takes up to five years from the onset of symptoms for a patient to admit their problem and seek help from a specialist. In elderly women, the incidence is as high as 50% in some studies. Unfortunately, these patients are least likely to seek and receive help. Until recently, they were also least likely to have their problem solved. Things are improving however. Better treatments are becoming available to help women of all ages with urinary stress incontinence. TVT, which stands for tension-free vaginal tape, has become the new “gold standard” procedure for treating women with stress urinary incontinence. A newer version of this procedure, TVT-O (which stands for tension-free vaginal tape-obturator) is performed using a different approach than standard TVT and is safer than traditional TVT.

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