Female incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are major clinical problems which cause significant distress and disability in the lives of women. Urinary incontinence affects all age groups and is particularly common in the elderly. Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition most commonly seen in women over 40 and is the result of the weakening or collapse of the support structures which hold pelvic organs in place causing organs such as the bladder, uterus or rectum to herniate into the vaginal area. This condition develops most often after childbirth, menopause or a hysterectomy and is frequently associated with symptoms of urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and discomfort with sexual intercourse.
The good news is both urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can most often be effectively treated once diagnosed. Dr. Emily Lukacz is the director of the Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Division at UCSD. She is also co-director of the UCSD Women's Pelvic Medicine Center, where she and Dr. Charles Nager treat patients with urogynecologic disorders using state-of-the-art clinical and surgical methods. Call 858-657-8737 for more information.
Congratulations to Mimi Lukacz, Linda Brubaker and their urology colleagues, Mike Albo and Yahir Santiago-Lastra for their excellent review article on
Urinary Incontinence published in October 2017's JAMA. This article took a tremendous effort by these faculty members and is a truly valuable clinical reference for anyone taking care of women with incontinence.
Marianna Alperin, MD, MAS
Linda Brubaker, MD, MAS
Emily Lukacz, MD, MAS
Charles Nager, MD
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