State-of-the-art technology targets adult incontinence
WHEN Hollywood star Kate Winslet opened the floodgates on adult incontinence a year ago she never expected to be hailed a hero, yet that's exactly what happened as women across the world identified with her distress.
So big is the problem of bladder leakage even here on the Fraser Coast that gynaecologist Dr Regina Wulf has invested into state-of-the-art technology that is designed to improve the management of urinary incontinence for local women.
"Urinary incontinence is a massive problem with an estimated one-in-three women who have given birth suffering from urine leakage," said Dr Regina Wulf.
"And it doesn't stop there. The causes are many and varied ranging from pregnancy or childbirth to chronic coughing, constipation, menopause, neurological problems, physical inactivity, obesity, older age or pelvic organ prolapse."
Dr Wulf said the installation of a Urodynamics system at her consulting rooms at the Madsen Medical Centre means Fraser Coast people now have access to technology that allows them to undergo tests and discuss their management options, without leaving the region.
Still, Urodynamic assessment, is not the first part of the management of urinary incontinence, but a vital part if baseline management fails and in most cases where surgery is required.
"Frequent nature stops while travelling long distances for the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence are now a thing of the past for local women."