Tag: Incontinence

New technologies for overactive bladder treatment. By Mohammed Belal, Consultant Urologist, Birmingham Prostate Clinic

The overactive bladder is a very common problem, affecting an estimated one in eight adults in the UK, particularly during later age. If we think of the bladder as effectively a bag of muscle, an overactive bladder occurs when those muscles contract suddenly without control, even when the bladder is not full. Urge incontinence is […]

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Advice for women considering vaginal slings and our position on concerns about TVT mesh implants

By Mohammed Belal, consultant urologist specialising in bladder conditions, BPC The use of vaginal slings is a long-established approach for treating stress incontinence in women. The principle is simple: the sling is fitted like a ‘hammock’ under the urethra to provide support. When there is pressure, such as during a cough, sneeze or exercise, the […]

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Severe incontinence has a devastating impact upon quality of life. One treatment, the artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) is producing excellent results.

BPC patient David Abel, aged 62, describes how having an AUS fitted has changed his life. “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. We knew the cancer had spread into some lymph nodes and I was warned that if prostate cancer is understood as “tigers” and “pussycats,” I had got the tiger. My PSA […]

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What I have learnt from my experience of the UroLift procedure

By Maya Harris, consultant urologist, Birmingham Prostate Clinic I first came across this new procedure in America four years ago, whilst attending a meeting of the American Urological Association. I was surprised by the simplicity and elegance of the idea that rather than removing the prostate tissue, it could be retracted to open the passage […]

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Overactive bladder and Urge Incontinence – My Story

Overactive bladder and urge incontinence do not just affect older people. Caroline Mills was only 25 when this distressing condition started. It would take many years – and a huge amount of determination – before Caroline had effective treatment with specialist bladder surgery. “I was 25 when it all started. An urge to go to […]

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The BPC response to the ban on synthetic (TVT) based slings and vaginal meshes in Scotland

For some time, there have been very serious concerns about whether vaginal slings and meshes constructed from synthetic material are safe. This week there was a significant and unexpected new development when the Scottish Health Minister issued a ban on all synthetic sling and vaginal mesh procedures while further investigations were carried out. Although the […]

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What I should expect after a prostatectomy – Recovery

Patients often ask what should they expect after a prostatectomy – how long will recovery take and how long should they wait before undertaking certain activities. This guide has been written by Birmingham Prostate Clinic to help answer common questions and concerns. It is important to emphasise that every patient is different and your recovery […]

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Why pelvic floor exercises benefit men as well as women

The benefits of pelvic floor exercises for women, particularly after childbirth, are well established. However these simple exercises are also very valuable for men following prostatectomy (the removal of the prostate due to a diagnosis of cancer). During the first few weeks after a prostatectomy, almost all patients experience some urinary incontinence. This is because […]

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