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Lower Urinary Tract Disorders

Abstract: Lower urinary tract disorders, such as incontinence, urinary frequency, and painful bladder syndrome, affect a large percentage of women. However, these disorders often are overlooked by health care providers. Obstetrician-gynecologists, as primary care physicians for women, have an opportunity to diagnose and treat these debilitating conditions. Obtaining medical histories and performing physical examinations and workups for patients with these conditions, as well as providing first-line therapies, are relatively simple procedures to initiate in one's practice. Physicians can provide noninvasive treatments, such as bladder retraining and pelvic floor physical therapy, or invasive treatments, such as pubovaginal sling surgery. Many women benefit from these treatments, allowing them to lead more productive, unrestricted lives.

 




Editor
Russell R. Snyder, MD

Associate Editor
Gretchen M. Lentz, MD

Past Editor
Raul Artal, MD

ISSN 1536-3619
Published 6 times per year