Dr. Sanz explains what the differing types of urinary incontinence are.
There are at least two types of urinary incontinence. One is urinary stress incontinence where there is a problem with a support mechanism to the bladder and the urethra and the patient will lose urine when coughing and sneezing, exercising or doing an increase of activities. The other one is what you see on television these days called the overactive bladder; that is a dysfunction of the bladder itself. The bladder will contract and the patient sometimes does not have time to go to the bathroom and lose urine. There are small 5-10% related to some diabetes medical problems, but those are the two most common ones.
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.