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We all chat every day about the usual stuff — the kids, our spouse, the weather, the Spurs, the weekend, our crazy boss. But let’s be honest: Nobody really wants to talk about adult urinary incontinence. It’s kind of awkward, after all, to admit it if we’re wetting our clothes.
But it’s a real problem for millions of people, as real as any other medical problem.
For women, especially. Child birth and age are two major factors that often join forces to bring about urinary incontinence.
So, rather that shy away from it, let’s just deal with it.
40 million American women
An estimated 30-50 percent of females experience significant urinary incontinence, with prevalence increasing with age, according to the American Urological Association.
And over the next 30 years, more than 40 million American women will experience urinary incontinence, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology predicts. 40 million!
If you’re one of those women, one thing is certain: You are far from alone with this problem.
And if you’ve been brave enough to talk about it or do some googling on the Internet, you might have ended up throwing up your hands because you thought the only solution was surgery. Or doing a million Kegel exercises, which no mortal human has the time to do.
The recent vaginal mesh controversy hasn’t helped, either, probably discouraging even more women from seriously dealing with their urinary incontinence problem.
Emsella chair now in San Antonio
But for women who have already tried behavioral training, Kegel exercises and other non-surgical solutions without success, surgery might have seemed the only alternative. Until now.
Because now there is a non-surgical, totally non-invasive and FDA-approved option driven by the relentless advance in technology. It’s based on high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology (HIFEM) and it’s called Emsella.
San Antonio is one of the first cities in the country to have it.
Emsella’s HIFEM technology uses electromagnetic energy focused directly on the pelvic floor, inducing electric currents that target neuromuscular tissue resulting in supramaximal contractions of the entire pelvic floor muscle compartments. A single HIFEM session brings the equivalent of thousands of these supramaximal contractions at a rate that results in a high degree of muscle re-education through restoration of neuromuscular control.
That neuromuscular control is the key. It’s what allows a woman to control when urine goes out as opposed to having it happen randomly.
Sit back, let the chair do the work
Emsella is essentially a chair the patient sits on for about 30 minutes per session, or a total of six sessions for most women. The patient doesn’t even have to change clothes or disrobe. Sit, read a magazine, relax — that’s it.
Clinical research shows 95 percent of Emsella-treated patients reported significant improvement in their quality of life. More than two-thirds report becoming dry or using significantly fewer pads.
One of our recent patients was thrilled to report that she was finally able to finish a workout for the first time in years! Ever since her second child, she was becoming more reluctant to work out because her leakage just kept her worried about embarrassing herself. Now after her Emsella treatment, she can make it to the very end and only worry about leaking a bit on her box jumps.
Dr. Timothy Hlavinka is a board-certified urologist who specializes in both general urology and lifestyle medicine. He is an expert in women’s sexual medicine and the only MD Fellow of The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health in Texas. Dr. Naveen Kella has treated vaginal mesh injury in dozens of women and leads The Urology Place in San Antonio. The doctors can be reached at 210-617-3670 or via the website.
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