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Being that I am a urologic surgeon, I routinely perform surgery on patients for incontinence . Unfortunately, no surgery is without its risks and complications. Before surgery, I always review risks and potential complications with patients, but when a patient has a bad outcome, they are always surprised. Now, even if you do not get the outcome you were hoping for, there are options for you to improve your outcome. There are many kinds of incontinence surgeries, but here I am going to focus on mid-urethral vaginal slings . First of all, it is important that you let your doctor know that you are having problems or are unhappy with the outcome. One of the most frustrating things for me is when a patient comes to me after having been operated on by another doctor and now is seeing me to fix the problem. I am not saying that you don't have the right to seek help from another physician, but you should give your first doctor a chance to right things. Some people,...
Alternative Names Stones - bladder; Urinary tract stones; Bladder calculi Symptoms Symptoms occur when the stone irritates the lining of the bladder or obstructs the flow of urine from the bladder. Symptoms can include: Abdominal pain , pressure Abnormally colored or dark-colored urine Blood in the urine Difficulty urinating Frequent urge to urinate Inability to urinate except in certain positions Interruption of the urine stream Pain, discomfort in the penis Urinary tract infection
Dysuria (painful urination) Fever Urinary urgency Incontinence may also be associated with bladder stones. Signs and tests The health care provider will perform a physical exam, including a rectal examination. The exam may reveal an enlarged prostate or other problems. Testing may reveal the following: Bladder or pelvic x-ray may show stones. Cystoscopy can reveal a stone in the bladder. Urinalysis may show blood in the urine, crystals, or an infection. Urine culture (clean catch) may reveal infection.
We have all heard about Botox used to reduce signs of aging and as a temporary wrinkle reducer. Do you actually know what Botox is? Botox is short for botulium toxin, the neurotoxin responsible for botulism. Botulism is a muscle paralysis disease we can get from eating affected foods. It can be deadly and many years ago, in the late 1800's and early 1900's was a source of a real public health crisis. Now, I am not trying to scare you, because I think the medical community has made great advances by taking advantage of the toxin and harnessing its uses for good instead of evil. There are different forms of the botulinum toxin, some are deadly, and some are useful as you will see below. Like I mentioned before, probably the most widely recognized use is in the plastic surgery and aesthetics world to reduce lines and wrinkles on one's face. Botox works like this: the toxin is injected into the superficial muscles under the facial skin paralyzing the muscles,...
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