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Bladder Health Program of South Florida at
Memorial Hospital Miramar

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Many people presume incontinence and loss of bladder control are inevitable and natural consequences of aging, but, with increased awareness, improved diagnoses and advanced treatments, this is simply not the case. Urinary incontinence is a treatable, common condition believed to affect 25 million Americans of all ages and races, women and men alike. 1

While 1 in 4 women age 18 and older experience episodes of involuntary urinary incontinence, a woman waits, on average, longer than six years to see a physician for a bladder control problem. Bladder disorders are highly underreported, as many sufferers are reluctant to discuss their condition. As a result, adults experiencing incontinence or bladder disorders remain untreated and often rely on pads, inserts, undergarments and other adult incontinence products, supporting an industry that earned $5 billion in global sales in 2010 and continues to grow as people live longer.2

It is no longer necessary to learn to live with incontinence or a loss of bladder control – conditions that compromise a person's dignity and self-esteem, limit physical activity and adversely affect the personal, social and professional life. For those who experience urinary incontinence, bladder control problems or another condition causing pelvic discomfort, it is important to know that it may be a very treatable condition. A specialist can discuss the numerous options.

The Bladder Health Program of South Florida at Memorial Hospital Miramar assembles a team of highly skilled, board-certified specialists in urology, obstetrics /gynecology and/or gynecologic oncology. The goal is to improve patients' quality of life by treating, and often curing, incontinence, loss of bladder control and related pelvic, erectile, kidney and neuro-urologic disorders.

Urinary incontinence is not a disease, but this medical problem may be a sign that something more serious is wrong. Specialists in the Bladder Health Program of South Florida at Memorial Hospital Miramar are skilled in a diverse spectrum of innovative treatments and advanced technologies. Physical therapies, lifestyle modifications, minimally invasive procedures and major surgical interventions are among the many options available to patients.

1 National Association For Continence, nafc.org/media/statistics/prevalence.
2 EuroMonitor International Research Blog, May 28, 2010, blog.euromonitor.com/2010/05/incontinence-is-a-hygiene-opportunity-going-begging.html

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