HealthWise at 5 From 8.6 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


HealthWise at 5 From 8.6

  • Urinary Incontinence

It's hard to walk away from urinary incontinence, because if you're suffering from it, even walking can put you in a leaky situation. Women who have had no success with other incontinence treatment techniques may find an answer with tension-free vaginal tape. A lot of urologists are using the mesh tape now to support the middle of the urethra. It's an outpatient procedure which is a modification of the traditional 'sling' surgery. But this mesh tape provides support to the urethra without over-correcting and causing spasms. If you suffer from incontinence, talk to a urologist to see if the tape technique might work for you.

  • New Prosthetic Arm

Twenty year old Melissa Reyes is getting used to her new Mylectric Arm. Melissa lost the use of her legs and her arm had to be amputated after a car accident in Honduras when she was only two. There area probably a lot of folks like Melissa, who went through an amputation years ago and are surprised to find out what's available now to give them back a new arm. Melissa will need about three weeks of training to learn how to use her new arm and hand. Fitting an amputee with this kind of prosthetic arm costs about $30,000, but insurance covers most of that.

Yes, the Mylectric Arm is available in Lubbock.

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