About 25 percent of women in their reproductive years and 50 percent of postmenopausal women experience incontinence, a problem that can be cured or controlled with treatment. In this Patient Power program sponsored by UCSF Medical Center, Dr. Sharon Knight joins Andrew to discuss causes and treatments of incontinence in women. Dr. Knight is a specialist in urogynecology a the UCSF Women's Continence Center in San Francisco.
Dr. Knight helps us understand what exactly incontinence is and offers suggestions on how people can get the right diagnosis and the right care. She goes into detail discussing the causes of incontinence such as childbirth, medical conditions like diabetes and obesity, and nerve damage, among others. Symptoms of incontinence often prevent travel and cause one to avoid certain social situations. You’ll hear how this condition can be treated and potentially cured through a variety of treatment options.
Dr. Knight goes into detail about how medications and cutting-edge surgical treatments are providing relief to those who suffer from this condition. If you are dealing with incontinence and are looking for answers, this program is sure to make the discussion with your doctor much easier. To quote Andrew “Our key message today is that, first of all, there's no reason to suffer, yet millions of women do, and it limits their lives, and it can cause complications in other health areas. So, if you're listening, listen carefully, and I think there's tremendous impetus now to go get care, and it sounds like as a model center the UCSF Women's Continence Center really can offer you in a very comfortable way a full range of options.”
Sharon Knight, M.D.
Gynecologist, UCSF Medical CenterDr. Knight is an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Women’s Health Center in the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. She specializes in urogynecology, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Knight received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed residency training at the University of Pittsburgh. more >