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Urinary incontinence

A problem many women don't discuss

It’s a problem that half of all women will eventually face, but few want to talk about: urinary incontinence. But Upstate’s Dr. Robert Silverman says hope and help are at hand.

“Women should not think that incontinence is unavoidable or just a natural part of aging,” he says. “Buying adult diapers or pads should not be something that a woman simply accepts without talking to her doctor.

Silverman is the chair of Upstate’s Department of Obstectrics and Gynecology and he says that a woman may not be asked by her physician if she is having difficulty with leaks — and the patient may not want to bring it up. “There is a lot of advertising for products that address bladder control and imply that this condition is normal. We don’t see as much information that states that this is A problem THAT may be treated or cured,” he adds.

Stress incontinence, which results in leaks during laughing or sneezing, is one form of urinary incontinence. This can occur due physical changes from pregnancy or menopause, but there are other types of incontinence and treatments are specific to each.

Silverman has increased the faculty at Upstate’s OB/Gyn department, specifically seeking physicians who are fellowship trained. “This means they have extra years studying a specialty,” he says. “This translates to expertise to benefit our patients.”

In addition to many subspecialties, Gynecology also is considered a primary care service. The practice is taking new patients. For an appointment or more information on their services, or for gynecology or urogynocology appointments call the Women’s Health Network at 315-464-2756 or toll-free at 855-890-UWHN.