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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Incontinence

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Surgery for Incontinence  [posted 12/01/98]
Question: I am contemplating surgery to correct stress incontinence. Would like to know details about the surgery, catheter that I will wear after, affects on sexual activity from vaginal incisions, pain and expected recuperation. Basically all details associated. Is this type of surgery recommended and proven successful?

Answer: Well, there are several types of surgeries. What type is your physician considering? That is open pelvic, collagen insertion etc.?

Incontinence  [posted 11/17/98]
Question: On a recent local newscast in Minneapolis, a story was run on our local news relating to a new drug therapy for incontinence. I'm not having any luck tracking down the information from the newscast and am now turning to you to see if there is anything new on the front for people with this problem. The question is actually for an elderly aunt of mine who has had trouble for years. She had a benign brain tumor removed 7 years ago but her incontinence problems are not related as they were pre-existing many years before the onset of the tumor. Any help you can give in this area would be most appreciated.

Answer: Detrol 2 mg a day. Touted as better with less side effects, actually for hyperactive bladder-not incontinence per se.

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