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Preparation important for urinary incontinence treatment

The Mayo Clinic says you’re likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner if you’re seeking treatment for urinary incontinence, although you may be referred immediately to a urologist or a urogynecologist if you are a woman.

It’s a good idea to start out well-prepared because appointments can be brief and because there’s often a lot of ground to cover, so the clinic provides some information to help patients get ready.

Although the condition is treatable, some treatments can cause problems more serious that the urinary incontinence itself.

For example, transvaginal mesh implants are marketed for treatment of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. But the devices have prompted thousands of lawsuits due to their tendency to fail and cause health problems. The most common reported problem is the vaginal mesh eroding and sticking through the walls of the bladder and vagina, causing severe pain.

The Mayo Clinic advises patients to be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions, and to ask in advance if there’s anything they need to do such as restricting their diet.

Patients should also write down any symptoms they’re experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to urinary incontinence, as well as personal information such as any major stresses or recent life changes. Patients should also bring a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that they’re taking.

If you have a vaginal mesh implant, you should consult with a doctor if you have any ongoing symptoms or health concerns. If you have significant injuries, you should also consult with a mesh lawyer to discuss your legal rights.

See more information about urinary incontinence here:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urinary-incontinence/DS00404