Dr. Sasse contributes regular articles to Sixty & Me, a wonderful online community of 500,000 women over 60. In his recent post, he included a comprehensive overview of seven treatment options for bladder and bowel leakage. Here’s a short overview of the post, but we encourage you to jump over to Sixty & Me to read the piece in full.
From the Post
Dr. Sasse covers the main issue contributing to bladder and bowel accidents, which is often related to the loss of one or both parts of the system that must work harmoniously to empty the bladder and rectum normally – the muscles and nerves. Both can be damaged or suffer some loss of integrity, in women and in men. Dr. Sasse touches on the common causes, which can include age, childbirth and pregnancy, certain medications and health conditions, surgeries, radiation, and other, and brings up the fact that embarrassment is an enormous hurdle for those experiencing incontinence. It can be difficult to broach the topic, even with a trusted physician.
Finally, Dr. Sasse goes into detail on the pros and cons of seven treatment options, including diet, fiber supplements, medication, home exercises, and the most effective option, sacral neuromoduatlion.
From the article:
“The number one most effective treatment for fecal incontinence, and probably the best kept secret in all of medicine, is sacral nerve modulation (SNM). This therapy has been evolving for 25 or 30 years and was the brainchild of bioengineers who thought they could replicate the amazing success of cardiac pacemakers by making a “pacemaker” for the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles.
It turns out that they were 100% correct. The same idea of using a gentle current to restore the pelvic floor muscles and sphincters of the rectum and bladder causes nearly complete correction of the leakage and accidents in most people. This treatment is very much like the placement of a pacemaker, meaning that it is today a minor procedure performed with local anesthetic.”