Care and Treatment Options for People Suffering from Continence Problems

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Continence Care
It is impossible to say with any real accuracy the exact numbers of Canadians who suffer from incontinence. There is a stigma and a lack of knowledge surrounding the condition that keeps sufferers ashamed of their condition or unaware that there are treatments available to regain control.
 
Incontinence
Incontinence is damaging to the individual self-esteem and confidence. The condition puts strain on the individual, as they find it difficult to maintain an active life or close relations with their loved ones.
 
It is a problem for young and old. Many women first encounter the issue after childbirth, as some lose control over their pelvic floor. The condition can be very shaming, leading to feelings of isolation and depression; mental health issues that can reduce the person’s overall well-being. Between lost work hours and cost of care, a recent estimate from the Canadian Continence Foundation put the overall cost of incontinence to Canadians at around 8.5 billion.
 
Treatments
There are a range of treatments, ranging from the invasive to the less invasive. For low-level cases of incontinence; behavioural therapy, a change in diet or pelvic floor strengthening exercises will be enough to return the patient to a comfortable level. Extreme cases of incontinence can result in permanent catheter care, or surgery.
 
Further Treatments
The areas most often affected are the urethral walls and bladder neck. Additional treatment can include electric stimulation and bio feedback have both proved effective in providing extra support to the bladder, and urinary tract and preventing leakage. Great results have come from using collagen injections to narrow the urinary tract as well as from the use of botox injections.
 
Drugs or surgery may be prescribed to lend supplemental support. Anticholinergic drugs and muscle relaxants are used to prevent involuntary muscular spasms that would release urine, while "slings” can be surgically inserted to support the bladder neck, or in a male-only treatment, an artificial urinary sphincter known as an "AUS” has proved successful.
 
In some cases; intermittent catheter use can prove to be a preferable alternative to permanent "indwelling” catheter use. It takes practice and is not possible for all cases, but it has a lower incidence of infections than the indwelling type.
 
Professional Care
Many people choose to isolate themselves due to embarrassment, and decreased self-esteem. However, there is an array of supports, and solutions available.  There are a lot of home care options available in GTA that would allow you access to specialists who are able to help you get comfortably back into a lifestyle in the comfort of your own home.
 
                                                       

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