Stress incontinence is a major issue.
A lot of women don’t like to talk about it, some even try to joke about it, but behind the closed doors of our exam rooms an overwhelming number of them are telling us how this issue has impacted their life, their hobbies, and their confidence to be able to do what they love.
Statistics show that the majority of women over the age of 40 report mild to severe incontinence symptoms. Many women develop issues after childbirth but aging alone can cause the tissues in the urinary tract to weaken and allow leakage. Women who struggle with stress incontinence can experience leakage when exercising, coughing, sneezing, traveling, or just about any movement that puts pressure on your core. That’s not to mention that it can be embarrassing when accidents happen, or the annoyance felt by family and friends waiting on you while you go to yet another restroom. There are exercises (ex. Kegel) that can help and various surgical options, but so many women still struggle.
For years, we at Blue Umbrella Medical have been using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell recruitment therapies for joint pain, scar tissues, and other areas where tissues have been damaged. What an incredible revelation when we learn that PRP can be used to reverse stress incontinence! The concept is quite simple, using a blood draw and a special centrifuge, we can obtain a sample of the patient’s PRP. That PRP can then be injected into the areas that have been damaged to repair the collagen and rebuild the tissues, allowing for a better seal and preventing uncontrolled urine flow. We have affectionately named the procedure the She-SHOT!
The entire procedure takes less than an hour and requires minimal downtime (you will want to take it easy for a few hours afterwards). We use a local anesthetic and most women report experiencing very little pain with the process. The best part is the She-SHOT is a one-time procedure, and the effects can last a year or longer!
An overwhelming number of women report significant improvement if not complete elimination of their stress incontinence within three weeks of the procedure. Those who also resume core strengthening exercises can see even better results! Furthermore, the injections can also be applied along the pelvic floor and walls to improve the health of the female sexual organs.
For those who are struggling with stress incontinence, we strongly recommend setting up a consultation to see if you are a candidate for this fantastic procedure!
Dr. Jae Hitson, Clinical Director of Blue Umbrella Medical Center, Murfreesboro TN –