There are many illnesses that people feel embarrassed to discuss or resolve. Urinary incontinence is one of them, whereby the person experiences loss of bladder control. This can range from leaking a small amount of urine when coughing or laughing, to having very strong urges to urinate, that are difficult to control. According to Dr. Ravisankar Pillai, Specialist Urologist at Royal Bahrain Hospital “This is a particularly distressful urological disorder and approximately 30-40% of women above 50 years of age have incontinence in one form or another. However, less than 20 % of these women consult a doctor owing to social inertia.” The frustration and degraded quality of life will have psychological effects on a person such as depression or low self-esteem, so it is important to get this issue resolved.
“There are two primary forms of incontinence. One is stress incontinence and the other is urgency incontinence, and in some cases you see a combination of the two.” Says Dr. Ravisakar. “The treatment depends on what's causing the problem and what type of incontinence you have. If your urinary incontinence is caused by a medical problem, the incontinence will go away when the problem is treated. Medicine, Kegel exercises and bladder training help some types of incontinence through strengthening the pelvic muscles. For others surgery is the option.”
He goes on to explain about the initiative Royal Bahrain Hospital has taken to resolve this problem. “In Royal Bahrain Hospital, every Saturday we have a one stop continence clinic for assessment of your problems. We are providing a day case surgical treatment called Trans Obturator Tape .It is a new minimally invasive operation performed to correct stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It utilizes the concept of providing support for the urethra which has been shown to cure SUI in 90% cases.”
Additionally, Royal Bahrain Hospital also provides laser treatment for prostate and kidney stones, microscopic varicocelectomy treatment for male infertility. The expert urology team is available for key hole and no hole surgeries, which has the advantages of minimal bleeding, minimal pain and fast recovery.
Dr. Ravisankar Pillai [MBBS, MD, FEBU] is a Specialist Urologist at Royal Bahrain Hospital. For more interesting articles, visit www.urologyrbh.blogspot.com
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