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In a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, research suggests that bariatric surgery and subsequent weight-loss may also treat urinary incontinence, the loss of bladder control.
Researchers recruited roughly 2,000 obese men and women who have undergone bariatric surgery in order to induce weight loss. Before the surgery, nearly half the women and about a fifth of the men had experienced urinary incontinence. A year later, the rate of incontinence was down to about 18% in women and 10% percent in men. Significant weight loss between 26%-29% of their initial body weight led to dramatic improvements in bladder control for most of the study’s participants 3 years after bariatric surgery. Patients with greater weight loss had greater their odds of improvement.
“Our findings showing another important long-term benefit to bariatric surgery might help to motivate people who are severely overweight,” study author Leslee Subak, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. Subak is a professor in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, as well as urology and epidemiology.
As with any major surgery, bariatric operations pose potential serious health risks, both short-term and long-term, and patients should discuss those with their doctors if they’re considering the procedures.
For Further Information
More on the markets for urology can be found in this latest edition report published by iData entitled U.S. Market for Urological Devices, which covers the U.S. as a whole, as well as market segments for urinary incontinence devices, stone management devices, BPH treatment devices, urological endoscopes, prostate cancer treatment devices, urodynamic equipment, and nephrostomy devices.
The iData series on the market for urological devices also covers the U.S., India, China, Japan, and 15 countries in Europe. Full reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment.
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Procedure number data is available from iData’s Procedure Tracker service, which allows subscribers to define and analyze procedure data segmented by State, region, hospital, surgery centre, and physician. A customizable dashboard sorts procedure data for further analysis and research.
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