Always Gotta Go? Silver Cross Has Your Solution
Center for Women’s Health Hosts free Female Incontinence Program November 8
Joliet, IL (October 19, 2011)— Every day, women are living in shame and fear of their next urge because they don’t understand why this is happening. There is no need for embarrassment, urinary incontinence is common, in fact over 15 million American women deal with this condition every day.
“Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom,” says Dr. Dexter Arrington, obstetrics and gynecology physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “It can be produced by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems.”
Urinary (or bladder) incontinence is when you are not able to keep urine from leaking from your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body from your bladder. Athough urinary incontinence is possible at any age, it often starts between 30 and 50. By menopause, many women have some degree of incontinence. Common forms of incontinence include:
- Stress incontinence—the most common form—arises when urinary muscles that support the bladder become weak from pregnancy, childbirth, too much weight, or loss of estrogen at menopause, which causes weakening of the support structures. Dribbling may take place during laughing, sneezing, coughing, jogging, lifting a child, or other acts that stress the abdomen.
- Urge incontinence—also called overactive bladder—is the sudden, overwhelming urge to urinate several times day and night because the muscle that controls urination contracts abnormally when the bladder is filling. Leakage may occur while attempting to get to the bathroom.
- Overflow incontinence— or a constant dripping of urine, occurs when small amounts of urine leak from a full bladder. This kind of incontinence affects men more than women, because an enlarged prostate can block the urethra.
- Functional incontinence— happens to older people, or those with other problems that prevent them from getting to the bathroom in time. Arthritis, for instance, can make it difficult to move quickly.
If you are frustrated with wearing absorbent pads, carrying extra clothes, or avoiding going out or have limited drinking liquids and risk dehydration to avoid wetting episodes- it is time for to know there are effective treatments to manage urinary incontinence. Treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the type of incontinence, the severity of your problem and the underlying cause. A combination of treatments is usually recommended, starting with the least invasive options such as physical therapy. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross provides pelvic floor rehabilitation where patients meet with therapists who have specialized training in pelvic-floor muscle disorders and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to each woman’s needs.
“This is something you don’t have to live with, there are many options to help,” says Valerie Paluszak, physical therapist and pelvic therapy specialist with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross.
If needed, surgery for incontinence is can be done as an outpatient procedure. A common option is to place the bladder in a sling, a piece of tissue or material that holds the bladder up and prevents leaks. Another procedure pulls the bladder up to a more normal position without a sling. For urge incontinence, surgery may be used to boost the bladder’s storage capacity or to implant a device that controls bladder spasms with electrical signal.
Join Dr. Dexter Arrington, obstetrician/gynecologist, and Valerie Paluszak, pelvic therapy specialist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital, for a free women’s only program, Urinary Incontinence: It’s Not Normal At Any Age, on Tuesday, November 8 from 6:30 to7:30 p.m., to learn about the various treatment methods currently available for urinary incontinence. This program will be held at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. To register, visit www.imatter.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
Find Your Risk
Bladder control issues are not a normal part of aging and they are not something you have to just live with. Take control of your pelvic health by completing a short Pelvic Risk Assessment on-line at www.imatter.silvercross.org to find out if it’s time for you to reach out for help.
About Dr. Dexter Arrington
Dr. Dexter Arrington, MD, FACOG, graduated from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Hutzel Hospital and Wayne State University. Dr. Arrington is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Arrington’s office is located with Southwest Women’s Healthcare Associates located at 3700 W. 203rd Street, Suite 110, Olympia Fields and will also be available at the New Silver Cross Hospital professional building, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, this December. To schedule an appointment, call (708) 679-1890.
About the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health
The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. The Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. The Center is located at 1870 Silver Cross Blvd. Set in a soothing, spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle. The Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available. In addition to digital mammography, the innovative Center offers women diagnostic breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, bone densitometry, and baseline heart screenings. Take a video tour of the Center at www.IMatter.silvercross.org. To schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, call (815) 740-7076. A physician’s order is required. If you don’t have a physician, call the free Silver Cross Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).