Dr. Sanz share how a woman can talk to her doctor about urinary incontinence.
Excellent question, I think one of the major problems have been that patients are embarrassed and they do not want to talk about it. I think that the commercials on television have done a lot of help to the patients because they say, “Well, if you see this on television, I should be able to ask my doctor about it.” Also, in our training programs we try to teach our residents to specifically ask the question. In the past, we did not. Yes, if you mention it, I will talk about it. So now, I think more patients are more aware, but if you have not heard of it, it is nothing wrong and you should bring that up to your doctor that you are losing urine and let the doctor figure out what type of a problem you have and how can it be managed.
Dr. Luis Sanz leads Urogynecology & Pelvic Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, focusing on pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence and prolapse (bulging) of the vagina, bladder and/or uterus. In addition to Dr. Sanz's particular interest in the subspecialty of Urogynecology, he also sees patients for standard gynecological exams and treatment.
Dr. Sanz is a Professor, Scholar Track, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also formerly served as Vice Chairman and Chief of the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He was also Director of Georgetown's Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction Clinic.
A member of AOA (Medical Honor Society), Dr. Sanz's prior academic appointments and professional experience also include: Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital and Director, Colposcopy Clinic and Gynecologic Cancer Detection Center (D.C. General Hospital, Georgetown University Service). Among the professional organizations to which Dr. Sanz belongs are: American Association of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecological Urology Society, and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.