After her last two difficult births Helga N. suffers from mild bladder weakness. With the onset of menopause, there was a dramatic deterioration. Permanent urine loss has resulted in the patient no longer participating in sports, activities and trips. An almost complete withdrawal from social life has taken place, which is perceived as isolation, especially as she can no longer keep step with the still active partner.
At the christening of her youngest grandchild, there was a key moment. During the celebratory lunch Ms. N. had to get up in order to change her pad whereby a granddaughter was heard to say in the silence: „Look, grandmother is dripping.“ Helga N. left the gathering deeply depressed and embarrassed.
Helga N.‘s daughter has only now learned of her mother’s bladder weakness and contacted the Department of Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Surgery of the Cologne University Women’s Clinic. Here Mrs. N. had successful surgery in April 2012. According to her own statement, since then she has been able to do all the things that were previously not possible. These include, among other things, travelling, participating in cultural events and also visiting the playground with her grandchildren. Helga N. assesses the situation after her surgery as „being given the gift of life again“.
Gertrud K., 78 years old, widowed
Ms. K. reports that since the onset of menopause she has frequently had to go to the toilet. Her husband, even though he had to constantly wait outside the ladies‘ room, was very understanding.
Some time after her husband’s death in 2002 she made a new acquaintance, but out of shame over her permanent loss of urine she withdrew from the relationship, which still makes her unhappy today. Ms. K. had endured many treatment methods, including invasive ones. In addition to pelvic floor exercises she had a TVT applied and then removed and medications did not produce the desired result. In desperation, Ms. K. had Botox injections, which initially actually alleviated the symptoms. After the third series however she had to catheterize herself since independent urination was no longer possible.
Just when she had almost given up the hope of living a carefree life, she saw by chance a TV report about the successful surgical treatment of female urinary incontinence by CESA/VASA at the Department of Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Surgery of the Cologne University Women’s Clinic and she made an appointment at the office. In August 2012, Mrs. K. underwent the procedure. Since then she is continent and can once again participate with her circle of friends in an active life. She feels particularly positive that she can now leave the house carefree and not have to make sure she limits the amount she drinks. She feels „completely comfortable“ and regrets that she did not learn about this opportunity much sooner.