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Urinary Incontinence

Ask the St. Elizabeth Expert: How Do You Treat Urinary Incontinence?

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Two local women are speaking up about a health problem about which most people won't readily talk-- pelvic floor disorders.

During a Facebook Live event, urogynecology experts at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Fort Thomas shared information about treatments and pelvic health physical therapy.

When asked how long she suffered her condition before reaching out, Bonnie Dodd admitted it was a long while.

“Years, I have to admit it was years. I would say close to ten years,” said Dodd of her “urinary incontinence.”

“I would hate to take trips because (her husband) didn't like to make stops. So anyway after this device was put in, he kept asking, ‘Do you have to stop?’ No. Well he had to stop!” said Kathy Dickerson.

“This is an ‘interstim’ and it's just a sacral neuro-modulator. It is FDA approved to treat overactive bladder, urine leakage and sometimes even pelvic pain,” said Dr. Susan Oakley, a urogynecologist.

“If you look at the pelvic model-- here's the pelvis, here's the pubic bone, and the tailbone and sacrum in the back. So you have pelvic floor models that run all the way back, they make kind of like a bowl of muscles. What that does they helps support the pelvic organs to the uterus the bladder the rectum but they also help with bladder control. So sometimes we can help patients to tighten the muscles, sometimes we can train to relax to help empty, and that will help with bladder control,” said Keri Sands, of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Oakley or another St. Elizabeth urogynecologist, call (859) 757-2132.