Incontinence Institute, Led By Top St. Louis Area Physicians, Launches First Facility Dedicated To Incontinence

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The St. Louis Incontinence Institute's mission is to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from incontinence.

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Three top St. Louis area physicians, in partnership with the St. Louis Women’s Surgery Center and Symbion Healthcare, have joined to form an innovative new center focused solely on providing bladder and bowel incontinence sufferers with effective, long-term surgical solutions. The St. Louis Incontinence Institute, the first ambulatory surgery center of its kind in the nation, was developed alongside Travis Bullock, MD, Cathy Naughton, MD and Ralph Silverman, MD, FACS, FASCRS, each dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients suffering from incontinence.

Incontinence is a condition that affects over 25 million Americans and although it is more commonly seen in older women, it is not uncommon to see symptoms in young women and men of all cultures and backgrounds. The Incontinence Institute, which will continue to roll out in additional cities nationwide, aims to broaden awareness of this debilitating health issue and to change the public misconception that incontinence is simply an incurable symptom of aging. For patients living with bladder or bowel incontinence, there is help. The St. Louis Incontinence Institute offers a variety of highly effective treatments including InterStim® Therapy and urethral sling surgery.

“Incontinence is more common than people think, and it can be embarrassing and isolating,” said Dr. Bullock, board-certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. “If incontinence is affecting you or a loved one, there are options. We are proud that the St. Louis Incontinence Institute is now open to provide compassionate, individualized care for people suffering from incontinence.”

“The St. Louis Incontinence Institute has dedicated Medical Concierges on staff to answer patients’ questions and to take care of their needs from the moment they call throughout their entire treatment or surgical procedures,” stated Dr. Naughton, board-certified urologist. “This individualized care, coupled with understanding and sensitivity, sets the St. Louis Incontinence Institute apart.”

“We, at the St. Louis Incontinence Institute, have all been trained to deal specifically with incontinence issues,” added Dr. Silverman, board-certified in general surgery, colon, and rectal surgery. “We approach every patient and diagnosis with the utmost discretion.”

Travis Bullock, MD, Cathy Naughton, MD, and Ralph Silverman, MD, FACS, FASCRS are experts in their fields, and have nearly 30 years of combined experience in helping patients find solutions, both surgical and non-surgical, for bladder or bowel incontinence issues. The St. Louis Incontinence Institute is already helping patients from all over the country to overcome this debilitating health condition.

About St. Louis Incontinence Institute
The St. Louis Incontinence Institute was founded to provide patients a specialized alternative to general incontinence care. We are dedicated to the development of innovative protocols and provisions for safe, effective, and discretionary treatments of incontinence issues affecting individuals of all ages. Our physicians are devoted to providing all patients compassionate, personalized care to reduce or eliminate issues with incontinence. Offering both surgical and non-surgical solutions for urinary and bowel incontinence, the St. Louis Incontinence Institute has helped thousands of individuals and their families across the United States achieve a better quality of life.

About Travis Bullock, MD
Dr. Bullock is board certified by the American Board of Urology in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. He is a member of the American Urologic Association, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, and the International Continence Society. He has received multiple awards in his field including the Morris Abrams Award for “Most Compassionate Resident” from Washington University School of Medicine, the Gerald P. Murphy Scholar Award from the American Urological Association, Pfizer Scholars in Urology, Poster Session Award: NIH/AMSA/AAMC Biomedical Research and was also the recipient of the Potomac Hospital Endowment Fund Scholarship. Dr. Bullock is published in Urology, the Journal of Urology, the Journal of Sexual Medicine, The Female Patient, and Nature Clinical Practice Urology. In addition, he has written chapters in the following books: Atlas of Bladder Diseases, Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery, and Complications of Urologic Surgery and Practice: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Management.

About Cathy K. Naughton, MD
Dr. Naughton is board certified by the American Board of Urology, and is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, and the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology. She is past President of the Society of Women in Urology. She has received multiple awards in her field including National Institute of Health Research Grants, 2003-2006; the American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Fellowship, 2001-2003; the American Foundation for Urologic Disease Research Scholarship; 1999-2000; the Elizabeth Pickett Research Award, Society of Women in Urology, 1999-2000; the Pfizer Scholarship in Urology Awards, 1998-1999; and the National Kidney Foundation Research Fellowship, 1996. Dr. Naughton is published in the Journal of Urology; Urology; Human Reproduction; Biology of Reproduction; Fertility and Sterility; and the Journal of Andrology, among other peer-reviewed journals.

About Ralph Silverman, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Dr. Silverman is board certified in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). Dr. Silverman serves on multiple committees for the ASCRS. He has presented posters at their national meetings and is published in Diseases of the Colon & Rectum in addition to other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Silverman serves on the Executive Counsel for the Saint Louis Surgical Society. In addition, he also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Saint Louis University where he has teaching responsibilities.

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