Women's Health Group of Ventura
OB-GYNs & Midwives located in Ventura, CA
Dr. Patrick Diesfeld and his team specialize in obstetrical and gynecologic care at Women’s Health Partnership Medical Group in Ventura, California. Dr. Diesfeld has a particular interest in solving incontinence and other gynecologic issues, using the latest, best procedures, with the least surgical intervention. This has been labeled “minimally-invasive surgery.” Dr. Diesfeld has successfully treated thousands of women who had urine loss. He also is active in teaching these techniques to UCLA Surgical Residents. With Dr. Diesfeld and the entire team at Women’s Healthcare Partnership, you will receive the highest level of medical care, at the university level.
What is incontinence?
Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine.
Loss of urine is a common complaint, and by the age of 50, about 50% of women will suffer from this. Incontinence can be socially embarrassing, and often lead the woman to curtail her social activities & exercising program. It is frequently caused by the tissue stretching that attends childbirth. Heavy lifting, as well as loss of collagen, with aging, can contribute as well.
What are the symptoms of incontinence?
The loss of urine frequently worsens over the years, as more tissue strength is lost. Patients may find that they are requiring wearing a sanitary pad throughout the day. They also may be losing sleep due to needing to use the restroom throughout the night; this is also called Nocturia.
Types of urinary incontinence include:
- Stress incontinence: When you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, or through physical exertion, and lose urine.
- Urge incontinence: When you have a sudden urge to urinate followed by involuntary urine loss. The frequency of urine is a sign as well.
- Overflow incontinence: When your bladder doesn’t empty completely and you experience frequent small losses.
How is incontinence treated?
Some cases of incontinence can be improved with medicine. Others require an outpatient procedure. Dr. Diesfeld is an expert in this specialized area and offers state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment.
He introduced the modern sub-urethral approaches to this area and has been a long-time member of the American Urogynecologic Society. Sub-urethral procedures involve minor surgery to correct bladder problems, providing extra support to the weakened anatomy. There are a number of procedures available and will be selected with care.
Dr. Diesfeld personally instructs the UCLA Graduate Surgical Residents in these techniques and has attended thousands of patients with this issue. Should you suffer from incontinence, rest assured Dr. Diesfeld and the entire medical team treat every woman with sensitivity and provide university-level care.
You don’t have to suffer from urinary incontinence. In most cases, it’s highly treatable so you can get back to living your life to the fullest.
Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more.