Two Emory University experts in the field of urinary incontinence will address participants of the Women's Forum on Lifelong Bladder Health and Pelvic Support. The event, sponsored by the National Association for Continence, will be held March 6 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Intended for women of all ages, the national assembly of recognized clinical leaders will promote strategies for prevention of bladder control problems, encourage early intervention through diagnosis and treatment, and improve the public's knowledge about how to maintain good bladder and bowel health and pelvic support.
Niall Galloway, MD, FRCS, associate professor of urology and medical director of the Emory Continence Center, is an expert in female incontinence and other urological problems. He has developed a strong clinical research effort and treats some of the most complex clinical cases.
"Women suffer more than men with bladder control problems, urinary infections and pelvic organ prolapse," Dr. Galloways says. "These problems often start small and grow worse over the years, but most patients wait for more than seven years before they seek any help. It's important for women to understand and address these problems early. Simple non-surgical treatments are very effective if used in the first stages, but more invasive techniques are needed for advanced problems."
Dr.Galloway's presentation will discuss the importance of bowel health, including insight on how the bowel influences bladder health, how to maintain bowel health, and what signs signal a problem that needs medical attention.
A discussion on managing incontinence in the elderly will be led by Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN. As a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, Doughty has worked in this field since 1980. Nurses in this specialty area manage conditions such as stomas, draining wounds, fistulas, vascular ulcers, pressure ulcers, neuropathic wounds, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and functional disorders of the bowel and bladder. Doughty currently serves as director of Emory University's Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Center and works with continence patients in Emory University's Continence Center. She also directs two clinical courses at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
Doughty was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2000 in recognition of her national reputation as an expert in wound, ostomy and continence nursing. She has authored a text on GI disorders and has edited two texts on the prevention and management of incontinence.
The presentations from the forum will be recorded for a webcast that will be accessible from NAFC's web site (www.nafc.org) beginning in April of 2004.
Experts estimate that as many as 25 million adult American, most of whom are women, suffer from chronic or transient incontinence. The majority of women who suffer from this condition begin to experience the involuntary loss of urine between the ages of 30 and 50, in the prime of their lives.