Apollo Hospitals Launches “CONTINENCE CLINIC” for Men & Women at Apollo Speciality Hospitals OMR & Karapakkam 2Day 9/7/2016, & Hotel Hayatt, Chennai -2
Dr.Meera Ragavan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Apollo Hospitals, Mrs. Preetha reddy, Vice chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr.George Jacob, Director of Medical Services, Apollo Hospitals.
Apollo Hospital Launches Continence Clinic at Apollo Speciality Hospital OMR and Karapakkam
- Urinary Incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine.
- 1 in 5 women above the age of 45 suffer from urinary incontinence
- The condition is more common among women than men
- Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are some of the contributing factors
- Weak bladder muscles, overactive bladder muscles, and nerve damage may also cause urinary incontinence
Chennai, 9th August: In line with the stats of 1 in 5 women above the age of 45 suffering from urinary incontinence, Apollo Hospital launched Continence Clinic at Apollo Speciality Hospital -OMR for the well-being of men & women. The special clinic aims to address critical issues relating to bladder control problems, pelvic floor weakness and other similar issues faced by men & women.
Apollo has been running a campaign for the last one month to create awareness about Urinary Incontinence among men and women above the age of 45 years. As part of this initiative, they have employed the services of a physiotherapist and till now they have counseled 310 patients out of which 95 patients have symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence or the loss of bladder control is a chronic ailment which can adversely affect physical, emotional and social well being of women. The involuntary escape of urine which is termed as Incontinence can be a very troublesome disorder. It tends to affect women of all age groups, particularly women in the menopausal age group and pregnant ladies.
Speaking on the occassion, Dr. Prathap. C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals, said, “Inspite of the widespread prevalence of this disorder, public awareness and knowledge is lacking. This lack of awareness further compounded by inhibition due to cultural practices further causes delay in women seeking medical help for this ailment. As a leading provider of healthcare, Apollo has always worked towards setting benchmarks and providing the best possible medical care through right diagnosis while enabling positive clinical outcomes. If urinary incontinence affects your normal activities, then immediately consult your doctor.”
Urinary incontinence is more common among women than men. Approximately, 24 million people nationwide are affected. It’s more common in people above the age of 45. But it can also affect younger people, especially women happy wheels who have given birth by forceps. Both men and women can have urinary incontinence. Many do not tell their doctor about their incontinence, due to embarrassment. In most cases, simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease the discomfort or stop urinary incontinence.
Over activity of bladder muscles can be aggravated by poor bladder habits (prolonged interval between voids >6 to 8 hour) inadequate water intake, excess intake of coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, repeated infection, urinary stones or early cancer in bladder. One of the most risk factor for bladder cancer is active and passive smoking.
Various treatment options are available for over active bladder. Bladder drill (exercising the bladder muscle) combined with physiotherapy helps to a great extent. Oral medications given to ease the irritable bladder also offer great benefits. In addition, Pelvic floor strengthening exercise done regularly, go a long way in prevention of such incontinence. However moderate to severe cases need surgical intervention in the form of a tape inserted under the bladder outlet (urethra) through an incision in the vagina. This minimally invasive approach is successful in nearly 4 out of 5 women and does not require hospital admission.
About Apollo Hospitals group :
It was in 1983, that Dr.Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program.Now, as Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 8,488 beds across 51 Hospitals, 1,586 Pharmacies, 92 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 100 Telemedicine units across 10 countries. Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy, 15 colleges of Nursing and Hospital Management and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research and the first Proton Therapy Center across Asia, Africa and Australia.In a rare honor, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo'scontribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr.Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 28 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.