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17th Sep, 2021
If a relative, or worse, a doctor, has told you that loss of bladder control or bowel control is simply a normal part of life or a normal part of aging, it’s time to examine the facts. Loss of bladder and bowel control is not normal. And today, there is a much better understanding of the science and the reasons why a person may lose control…
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3rd Sep, 2021
Incontinence is an issue affecting millions of men and women in the U.S. alone, and there are a number of solutions out there that  address the embarrassing symptoms of bladder and bowel leakage, instead of the issues themselves. You'll also see much in the way of "natural" ways to address incontinence. Unfortunately, at some point, just about everybody finds that a too-little-too-late approach. Here's the…
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9th Apr, 2021
The recently released two-year study of 141 patients with urinary incontinence treated with the sacral neuromodulation (SNM) device showed excellent results at the two-year mark. SNM is a twenty-year-old therapy that has been increasingly refined in recent years. The thirty-minute procedure involves placement of a small chip-like device under the skin near a person’s back pocket, and gentle current awakens the sphincters and pelvic floor…
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2nd Apr, 2021
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a quote attributed to Ben Franklin. In medicine, we have all learned quite well over the years that prevention is often the best treatment. This has held true for a range of health conditions, from the simple to the complex. Wearing seatbelts prevents injuries with car accidents. Smoking cessation and weight loss prevent heart…
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12th Mar, 2021
The most recent guidance from the American Urogynecologic Society has called out the dangers of anti-cholinergic medications used to treat bladder incontinence. Describing the class of medications which includes the most widely prescribed names such as Ditropan, Oxybutynin, Detrol, and Vesicare, the guideline paper describes that “Recently, additional concerns have emerged regarding prolonged use of anticholinergic medications and the associated risk of cognitive impairment, dementia,…
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20th Nov, 2020
We wrote recently about Dr. Sasse's new monthly writing contribution to a website called Sixty and Me about incontinence. In his second article for the website, he took aim at an important topic - why most doctors don't know about the best treatment for incontinence. From the Article "If you have tried to discuss any form of incontinence with your doctors and received mostly blank…
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13th Nov, 2020
When people struggle with incontinence, they tend to start looking for ways to manage the symptoms. That often means looking online for answers to their questions about diagnosis and resolution. Here's how you know you might be a candidate for sacral nerve modulation - the most effective, modern therapy to restore bladder control and bowel control. Diagnosing Incontinence Diagnosing incontinence is often done by the…
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30th Oct, 2020
It's an unfortunate fact that the people who need modern technology like sacral neuromodulation to treat the all-too-common condition of incontinence simply don't know about it. It's one of the reasons we're sharing content about incontinence here on our blog, on our Facebook page, and even on Instagram. To continue raising awareness, Dr. Sasse is also contributing a monthly article about incontinence to Sixty and Me,…
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2nd Oct, 2020
Surgery for bladder leakage or bowel leakage has dramatically changed from what was done twenty years ago. Like many fields in medicine and surgery, techniques and principles evolve, and technology improves with time. Today, the best results in completely or nearly completely resolving incontinence of both the bladder and bowels comes from technology that is so non-invasive, it doesn’t really require "surgery" at all. But more…
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25th Sep, 2020
Incontinence is really diagnosed by you. While doctors and labs can offer some additional testing and help characterize certain features of the problem, none of them really understands the impact incontinence truly has on a person’s day-to-day existence. Since you are the one living with it, only you can truly say how troublesome it is and whether treatment is required. Degrees of Incontinence: Mild Some…
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