Bulkamid for Stress Urinary Continence
There is a new Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for stress urinary incontinence.
The office-based procedure is used to quickly and effectively treat urinary stress incontinence in women, which results in leakage with activity such as coughing, sneezing and exercise.
According to Dr. R. Mark Ellerkmann, Director of The Urogynecology Center in the Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy, a procedure using “Bulkamid" can stop all of that.
"Bulkamid is a biodegradable gel that is injected as an out-patient procedure right in the office under local anesthesia to close the bladder neck so women don't leak with activity," Dr. Ellerkmann said.
Dr. Ellerkmann explained that some patients experience 80% or 90% improvement, and then they come back for a topping off procedure where a little more gel is injected at the bladder neck. It is done under local anesthesia and typically it takes about five to 10 minutes.
To view Mercy urogynecologist Dr. R. Mark Ellerkmann’s interview regarding Bulkamid for stress urinary incontinence, click here.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.