Jul 20, 2009 (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
A recent article, posted on Female Urology and Urogynecology blog, is very descriptive of the reason urinary incontinence (UI) has become so prevalent in women who undergo pregnancy and child birth. In the past, most women and experts alike, thought it was just the actual childbirth act that created the substantive strain on the lower pelvic floor anatomy of the woman, and hence, that a caesarean (c-section) birth may prevent such damage. But a number of wider studies made it apparent that the 9-month pregnancy was as much as, or more than, a strain on the lower pelvic floor, as the birthing act, and both together, a substantive problem.
The suggestion in this article that the performance of the so-called Kegel exercises can improve outcomes for post-partum UI is fine, except that in many cases, those exercise routines are not nearly sufficient to overcome the substantive anatomical changes caused by the pregnancy and birth (usually referred to as vaginal prolapse). Obviously, vaginal prolapse occurs at higher and higher rates the more pregnancies an individual woman goes through. Hopefully it is of some comfort to know that a new product (the Precision Medical Devices – Flow Control Device), which is entering its final phase of pre-clinical implant tests, will likely be able to arrest the most severe cases of UI, regardless the cause.
The product’s unique design, a small, bionic telemetrically-controlled implanted valve, which is remotely adjustable, will be able to optimally treat each individual patient’s specific level of UI, while experiencing the least number of problems and adverse events (in comparison to all of the other current severe UI treatments, including those current treatments considered to be today’s “gold standards”). In essence, the product will epitomize the best features now being associated with the term “personalized medicine” as each patient will be “dialed-in” with their own personalized setting. The PMD-FCD will be the new choice in severe UI treatment, and will return its recipients a significant level of Quality-of-Life.