MIND OVER BLADDER
A Step-By-Step Guide To Achieving Continence
By Jill Maura Rabin, M.D. and Gail Stein
with Danielle O'Shaughnessy, M.D.
Publisher: Morgan James
Publication date: December 2020
Price: $17.95 / trade paper
Contact: Lori Ames
OVERCOMING FEMALE INCONTINENCE
An In-Depth Look At The Latest Behavioral And Medical Therapies
Bladder incontinence affects as much as half of the female population, yet many are too embarrassed to seek help. MIND OVER BLADDER: A Step-By-Step Guide To Achieving Continence, by noted urogynecologist Jill Rabin, offers an informative, easy-to-understand guide that will give women back their freedom and help them regain control over their bladder.
Supported by extensive clinical research, the book demystifies a frightening medical problem and acquaints the reader with all available therapies. It seeks to educate women of all ages on the many causes of incontinence and the variety of treatment options available. “It is high time for urinary incontinence to come out of the water closet. Now is the time to take charge of your condition and have control over your bladder for life,” says Rabin.
The book covers:
Female physiology and mechanisms in urination
Principal incontinence conditions
Neuromuscular, medical and surgical therapies
Finding a surgeon
How to seek advice and care
Stress incontinence is one of the most common diagnoses, and the book devotes an entire chapter to definitions, triggers, sources and results, distinguishing between minimal, moderate, and severe forms of the condition and discussing a variety of treatment options.
The second most common form of incontinence is urge incontinence, a frequent sensation that urination is imminent and can't be postponed. A chapter is devoted to discussing the causes and treatment options available.
Rabin, a nationally recognized authority on urogynecology and female pelvic medicine, is an expert on managing chronic incontinence, an embarrassing and debilitating condition that afflicts millions of women. The book discusses all the latest treatment options for each type of incontinence, including newer, minimally invasive surgeries and techniques to quiet an overactive bladder, in many cases without medication.
The book employs a number of elements to draw attention to topics of interest:
Tech Terms Defines important terminology surrounding incontinence
Dos and Don'ts Offers practical tips for dealing with management and treatment of incontinence
Believe It or Not Patients relate dramatic encounters with incontinence
The Wrap-Up A summary of the most important points in each chapter
A variety of nonsurgical therapies are discussed, including:
Behavioral Therapy Focuses on retraining the brain to suppress unwanted bladder contractions
Keeping a Diary Fluid intake and frequency, timing and volume of voids are recorded as well as the number and severity of episodes
Bladder Training Reestablishes a healthy voiding pattern by gradually increasing the amount of average volume and by voiding on a schedule
Kegels Daily exercising of the pelvic floor muscles improves a weakened pelvic floor, prolapsed organs, and incontinence
Biofeedback Devices Provide immediate information about pelvic floor baseline tone and pelvic floor strength with a contraction
Mechanical Devices A pessary is inserted to ensure support of the pelvic organs in cases of prolapse
Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) Involves inserting a small, acupuncture-like electrode on the inner side of the ankle, which sends a pulsating signal to the bladder
The book explores the different surgical options for both stress and urge incontinence.
One of the most popular surgical treatments for stress incontinence is bladder neck injection, which involves injecting synthetic bulking agents into the wall of the uppermost part of the urethra. This option is minimally invasive and valuable for women with Intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD).
Another form of treatment for stress incontinence is a sling procedure, in which a sling is passed under the urethra and attached to the connective tissue of the abdominal wall. The sling supports the urethra and neck of the bladder with any increase of abdominal pressure, stabilizing the urethra, increasing pressure, and blocking leakage.
For anyone whose lives are ruled by their bladder, MIND OVER BLADDER will enable them to lead full, productive lives unburdened by incontinence.
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About the Authors
Jill Maura Rabin, an award-winning physician, is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell, Vice Chair for Education and Development at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center/Northwell Health, Co-Chief of Ambulatory Care in OBGYN/Northwell Health, and Section Head of Urogynecology at LIJ/Northwell.
Dr. Rabin, a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is an active researcher, consultant, lecturer, and media spokesperson. She holds eight patents and one copyright for urogynecologic medical devices, including a confidence-building incontinence pad, a pessary for treating vaginal prolapse, and a finger protector for surgeons. In recognition of her professional accomplishments, she has received many awards and honors including the excellence in teaching award from the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Widely published, she has authored four books on women's health.
As a physician, Dr. Rabin is passionate about improving the lives of women by providing them with quality healthcare and up-to-the-minute medical information. As a teacher, she is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the medical education of her students through progressive curriculum development and active membership. It is her firm belief that empowered patients and compassionate, well-prepared physicians can work together to greatly improve women's health.
Gail Stein, M.A. is a retired New York City junior and senior high school foreign language instructor. During her more than thirty-three years of service she assisted in a revision project of the French curriculum for the New York City Board of Education, served as an adjunct professor to St. John's University in its Early Admission Extension Program, gave presentations and demonstrations at numerous citywide foreign language conferences, appeared on the Barry Farber radio program promoting the study of French, and had her lessons videotaped by the New York City Board of Education for national distribution. Stein is a multiple-time honoree in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
In addition to Mind Over Bladder, Stein is the author of over forty well-known French and Spanish textbooks, phrase books, guides, handbooks, and a crossword puzzle book.
Stein is a longtime patient and friend of Dr. Jill M. Rabin.
Danielle O'Shaughnessy, MD, FACOG is a practicing Urogynecologist in Eastern Long Island. Dr. O'Shaughnessy earned her MD from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwell Health System and continued in the Northwell Health System to complete a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. After fellowship, she joined Northwell Physician Partners. Her research included optimizing a surgical graft material for use in prolapse and incontinence. She currently serves as the Research Director for the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Northwell Health as well as Assistant Professor in Department of OB/GYN Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. O'Shaughnessy is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Urogynecologic Society and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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