Laughing, sneezing, coughing – these are all typical daily occurrences. But for many people, these everyday instances can be a big inconvenience.
“Many patients experience urinary leakage that may disrupt their lives,” said Victor Casiano, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist with the Institute for Women’s Health. “The good news is there’s a simple solution.”
November is Bladder Health Awareness Month, and it’s a perfect time to talk about this trying condition. If you suffer from urinary incontinence, here’s what you need to know.
Urinary incontinence takes several forms. Many surgical options treat stress incontinence, but other low-risk surgical alternatives include surgery on an overactive bladder or other bladder problems.
Before considering surgery, patients should get an accurate diagnosis. Your primary care physician can recommend you to a qualified OB-GYN such as Dr. Casiano. After a consultation, your OB-GYN will advise you about which surgical option may be right for you.
“Eighty percent of the patients I see are able to schedule a 20 – 30 minute outpatient procedure,” Dr. Casiano said. “It’s minimally invasive with a very quick recovery, which suits our patients’ busy lives.”
As with any surgical procedure, urinary incontinence surgery has its risks. Although rare, complications can include urinary tract infections or temporary difficulty urinating. But many patients agree the benefits far outweigh the risks.
“The procedure is a safe and effective way to treat common urinary incontinence,” Dr. Casiano stressed. “I encourage anyone struggling to manage this condition to schedule an appointment and learn more about their options.”
Victor Casiano, M.D., is an OB-GYN at the Institute for Women’s Health, the largest women’s health care practice in San Antonio. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Casiano, please call 210.494.2000 or click here.