The Changing Field of Incontinence Care

By Anne Smith-Young, C.U.A., B.S.

For those experiencing incontinence, the good news is that a growing percentage of conditions can be treated and cured. The bad news is that diagnosing the problem (finding the root cause) and treating the problem (with medication, surgery, etc.) can be a lengthy process. During this period of diagnosis and treatment, proper incontinence management is a must.

For some patients, unfortunately, treatment does not succeed; incontinence becomes a lasting condition that needs to be managed like any other health condition. How can you know which products are best to treat specific symptoms? Incontinence affects millions of people, and no one product is right for every individual. Further, there are more products than ever on the market.

Other changes have occurred in the field, too. In the past it has been hard to find sizes up to 84” waist that some bariatric clients require. Statistics show us that as America ages, it is also becoming more obese. Carrying extra weight can put stress on the musculature that holds the bladder in place, resulting in loss of control.

Most importantly, whether you are a patient, a clinician, or a caregiver, you are not alone. Experts across the spectrum of the health care industry (manufacturers, professionals, researchers, and others) are working together to help those with incontinence improve the quality of their lives.