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Norfolk, VA – Few people talk about incontinence, or bladder leakage that threatens their quality of life. But about 13 million otherwise healthy Americans* affected by this condition are limiting their active lives because of embarrassment caused by incontinence.

Prostate cancer survivor Roy Brinkley stopped doing a lot of activities—

like walking 3 miles a day—because of the embarrassment of incontinence. Following his prostate surgery in 2005, 67-year-old Brinkley was unable to control his bladder, a common side effect of prostate surgery.

Until now, men like Brinkley had few treatment options. To cope, men often limit fluid intake, wear protective pads, or change their lifestyles.

A synthetic mesh sling has been available for several years, helping women with incontinence problems. Now this same technology is available for men through the AdVance™ Male Sling System—the first minimally invasive product specifically designed for men.

Women and men are now offered this long lasting solution. A mesh sling is placed through small incisions and becomes part of the pelvic tissues. The sling augments muscle strength and supports organs as the body once did to help bladder leakage problems.

During the August 21 interactive webcast at 3 p.m., urologist Kurt McCammon, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the use and continued development of the male sling, will address incontinence in men and women and show how the new male sling is placed during a pre-taped surgery**. Co-host urologist Robert Given, M.D. will also offer live responses to audience questions emailed during the webcast.

“Incontinence is a problem that works on you mentally. Wherever you are…in public or wherever…you never know whether you’re going to have a leak problem,” says Brinkley.

“This new sling is a way to bring back men’s quality of life after prostate surgery,” Dr. McCammon says. “This is a breakthrough development for men suffering from urinary incontinence.”

The minimally-invasive procedure takes less than an hour and results in minimal recovery time and post-surgical soreness.

“Two weeks after the surgery, you’re a new person,” says Brinkley. “It changes your whole attitude.”

Causes of Incontinence

In men, incontinence is primarily attributed to prostate surgery. For women, the chance of incontinence increases with age and especially for those who have had multiple children, smoke, and are obese or Caucasian. Studies show about 50 percent of women who have had children suffer some incontinence.

Dr. Kurt McCammon is an internationally recognized leader in placement of the AdVance ™ Male Sling System and is the first urologist in Virginia to perform the procedure on men.

Dr. Robert Given specializes in urologic oncology, which includes prostate, bladder, kidney and testes cancer, with expertise in robotic and minimally invasive surgery.

Interviews, procedure coverage available

To arrange interviews with Roy Brinkley and Dr. Kurt McCammon and to cover an AdVance implantation procedure, contact Cheri Hinshelwood at 757.594.1036 or call the Sentara Media Pager at 757.671.4971.

Visit for more information now or to sign up for a webcast email reminder.

Sentara Healthcare is a not-for-profit, integrated delivery system serving more than two million residents in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Nationally recognized for quality and innovation, Sentara employs approximately 17,000 people and operates more than 100 care-giving sites, including 7 acute care hospitals, 4 advanced imaging centers, and 10 nursing and assisted-living centers. Sentara also offers home health and hospice services, ground and air medical transport services, rehabilitation services, mobile diagnostic vans, and a fitness facility. Sentara has more than 2,500 physicians on its medical staff and a medical group comprised of more than 3,600 of the area’s leading physicians. Sentara founded the region's first managed care plan, Optima Health Plan, in 1984. Through an array of award winning health plans, Sentara offers health coverage to more than 350,000 members, tapping into a provider network of nearly 6,000 physicians throughout Virginia.

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