We all want to be in control of our bodies. Losing control of the bladder can have some very devastating consequences, both physically and emotionally. That is why bladder control is such an important health concern for women of all ages.
Childbirth and menopause are major life events that change women's bodies forever – events that sometimes lead to urinary leakage and incontinence. Studies report that anywhere from 17% to 55% of women are affected by bladder control problems. But the number of women affected may actually be greater than reported.
Why? Women often simply will not seek help with urinary leakage because they have been told that it is a normal part of aging. As a result of the misconception, women try to manage on their own by making lifestyle changes, like wearing pads and dark clothing, decreasing their fluid intake and limiting their physical activity. Younger women may quit exercising, participating in sports, or playing with their children. Older women sometimes stop attending church, social activities and family events.
With treatments available today, these sacrifices are unnecessary. A visit to The Hubbard Clinic can help you “live life without limits” once again.
You will be glad to know that treatment for incontinence has come a long, long way in recent years. Major surgery isn't always necessary anymore. Medication is helpful for some forms of incontinence (urge incontinence). However, if you are experiencing stress incontinence (leaking when you cough, laugh, sneeze, lift, exercise, etc.) the best solution is a simple, outpatient procedure that offers permanent relief with no need for further medication. This procedure is called a TVT.
Contact the Hubbard Clinic to discuss the best options for your particular symptom.
One of the most popular and successful treatments for stress incontinence is known as TVT (Transvaginal Tensionless Tape). TVT is an outpatient procedure which takes only about 25 minutes. It involves sedation and local anesthesia, with minimal post-op discomfort. Patients can usually walk around the block the day after surgery, and drive a car three days after that.
TVT results at The Hubbard Clinic have been remarkable. Since 1999, Dr. Hubbard has performed over 1,700 TVT procedures. Of those, approximately 80% have seen their symptoms disappear completely, and over 99% have experienced significant improvement in their symptoms.
Women who have had the TVT procedure are our happiest patients. Just ask a friend or neighbor about TVT at The Hubbard Clinic. Better yet, ask any of the surgical nurses at Suburban, Baptist East or Health South Outpatient Surgery. They'll tell you it's a wonderful thing.