Medtronic and Bladder Control
More than 37 million adults in the United States – one in six – suffer from overactive bladder, defined as urge incontinence (leaking) and urgency frequency (frequent urges to urinate). Overactive bladder and urinary retention (the inability to completely empty the bladder) are not a normal part of the aging process, often cause embarrassment, and can affect the quality of daily living dramatically. Although often underreported, nearly 18 million Americans – about one in 121 – have bowel incontinence (the inability to hold a bowel movement until reaching a bathroom and/or accidental stool leakage). Despite the socially devastating stigma and embarrassment associated with bowel incontinence, also known as fecal incontinence, it is often caused by an underlying medical problem and may be treatable.