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Research shows that more than 10 million American women struggle with bladder control. Women as young as 25 suffer from this condition. Sometimes these weaknesses are associated with landmarks in a woman's physical life, such as childbirth, menopause or surgery, such as abdominal surgery or a hysterectomy.

Incontinence, or the inability to manage bladder function, is a common condition among women, especially after childbirth or during menopause. Some women may feel awkward discussing incontinence concerns with their physician; however, with today's advances in treatment options, physicians are able to treat incontinence with great success.

The incontinence rehabilitation program at Holy Cross Hospital includes classes about the different types of incontinence, strategies and techniques for exercising pelvic floor muscles, and how to manage incontinence discomfort. With adequate exercise and muscle re-education, many women find that incontinence can be easily controlled or corrected.

For some gynecological and incontinence conditions, you may be advised to seek out the specialized expertise of the Holy Cross Hospital surgical team. If your condition requires surgery, Holy Cross Hospital surgical experts in pelvic floor resection can perform minimally invasive procedures using today's most advanced surgical techniques. Our surgeons are trained to perform laparoscopic procedures that can restore bladder control with minimal pain and a short recovery period. Other alternatives to surgery include physical therapy that strengthens bladder muscles.

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