June 2010
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Bladder stress incontinence is perhaps the most common form of incontinence in women.  This sis attributed to the stretching and damage that can occur to the muscles in the pelvic floor during childbirth.  While women may not experience incontinence immediately after giving birth, the damage has been done and can cause the condition to appear years later.

One of the most common treatments for stress incontinence is exercise, specifically Kegel exercises.  This regimen identifies the muscles in the pelvic floor and then tones and strengthens them providing better support for the bladder.  Surgery is also an option but has always been considered the least desirable therapy.

All that may change thanks to an amazing surgical procedure involving stem cells that is being evaluated in Austria.  In 2004 a medical group started treating bladder stress incontinence using the patients own stem cells.  A biopsy is taken from the bicep and new muscle cells and connective tissue cells are gathered.  Then using a newly patented technique these cells are grown in a culture and after 6 weeks the biopsy cells can grow 50 million of each type of cell.

These cells are then injected into the weakened urethra and sphincter using a 3D ultrasound as a guide.  These amazing cells will then build muscle mass and tone and then stop growing when there is sufficient mass.  The fact that the cells come from the patient eliminates the problem of rejection.

While this is still a new treatment and one that requires additional evaluation, the use of stem cells is very promising.  Six years after the first procedure shows an 80% success rate in eliminating bladder stress incontinence.  With the baby boomers entering their 60s, this breakthrough in treatment can spell a relatively quick solution to a problem that will undoubtedly affect thousands.



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