Dr. Sasse is fortunate to share his perspective on metabolic surgery and incontinence treatments on Sixty and Me, a wonderful website addressing people in their golden years. Recently, he wrote a post about one of the most common statements he hears from patients seeking a resolution to their bladder or bowel incontinence. We hope you’ll read the piece in full on Sixty and Me, but we’re sharing some highlights here.
From the Post
” ‘You don’t understand’ is a statement I heard a lot in the last weeks in our office. It came from a range of individuals who were finally feeling free to explain what it was like to live with bladder or bowel incontinence.
The demands can be difficult to cope with – requiring a hair trigger to run to the nearest bathroom, always carrying extra underwear, canceling important events with friends, family, and social groups. By asking a series of questions about it, I had unleashed pent up emotions and explanations that rarely had opportunity for expression.”
Dr. Sasse expands on the lengths to which many patients go to keep their incontinence troubles a secret. He notes that incontinence is a niche problem in medicine, which means it’s not widely taught in medical schools or even in specialty residency programs. He shares the most important thing a physician needs to make a difference for someone struggling with incontinence, and he covers options for treatment, including what he’s found to be most effective.