Incontinence is a common infliction in older men and women, or as a side-effect to pregnancy and certain cancer treatments.
Dr Katelaris talks about how Incontinence is nothing to be ashamed about. Incontinence can be the result of a number of factors, but it is very easily treated in both men and women.
Incontinence is a very embarrassing topic of conversation for men and women, and it is very, very common in the community.
As an adult, wetting yourself, wearing nappies, is a terrible thing. It has a terrible impact on your ability to socialise and on your self-confidence generally.
The vast majority of wet men and women can be fixed.
Men who are incontinent after cancer surgery can be treated with a sling device, keyhole surgery, or if it’s very major incontinence problems, we can put in an artificial urinary sphincter, which will take a man from wearing 10 pads a day to no pads. So these are fixable problems.
Women, for example after childbirth, may wet themselves. Sometimes just pelvic floor training will fix them. If that doesn’t, sling surgery is highly effective and there is no need for women to be embarrassed about talking about her incontinence problem because it can be fixed.
We’ve incorporated Botox injection therapy into the practice now, so for women in particular with an overactive bladder dysfunction, an injection of Botox can give very good control for 12 months, and this is a service that we provide on an out-patient basis.
Walk in, walk out, highly effective.