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Thursday, April 9, 2015

What is Urogynecology and What Does it Affect?

Gynecology is nothing out of the normal, but what if you stick the word “uro” in front it? At first, it can cause some confusion. You may think to yourself “for what purpose do these two words come together and how does it affect me?” The fact is an upward 45% of women suffering from pelvic disorders can be treated by an Urogynecologist. One of the most prevalent and uncomfortable pelvic disorders is women’s urinary incontinence.

It is a sore subject that nobody wants to talk about. For many women, the problem starts after the baby is born. An invigorating jog through the park can all of a sudden become an embarrassing nightmare. Urinary incontinence can affect your emotional well being, self image, and sexuality. Women are twice as likely to experience these conditions as men.  The frequency of urinary incontinence continues to increase with age. About 20% of young women experience symptoms while the volume increases to 50% for older women. There are four main types of incontinence.

Stress incontinence 

Can happen when you put stress on your bladder by performing everyday motions. Laughing, coughing, or any other function that puts pressure on the bladder can induce leakage.

Urge incontinence 

This occurs when you feel the need to urinate but cannot make it to the bathroom in time. This can be caused by damaged or weak muscles in the lower urinary tract or the nerves that control urination.

Overflow incontinence

 The result when you cannot completely empty your bladder after urination. You still experience a continual leak.

Mixed Incontinence

 This refers to when you have a combination of the different types of incontinence. It usually involves a mix of stress and urge.

While many cases are more severe than others, nobody wishes to go out in public worrying that this uncomfortable accident can happen. Fortunately this condition is very treatable. Gilad Filmar, MD, an Urogynecologist, handles all the gynecological needs at HMU and specializes in the incontinence of women. Dr. Filmar attended medical school (Magna Cum Laude) in Tel Aviv, Israel. He also spent a significant amount of time in residency at the renowned Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City where he won a number of awards for clinical excellence. He received fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Women’s Hospital of Texas. Dr. Flimar has helped hundreds of women with this difficult problem. We are here for you at HMU.

Reviewed By Gilad FIlmar, M.D.



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