Rockledge, Florida

Marja Sprock, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS Board Certified
Fellowship Trained Urogynecologist

Now Accepting New Patients      Phone:  321-806-3929

Recently Published

new  New Treatments for Vaginal Atrophy

new  The Healthy Weight Lifestyle Formula

new  Small Battery Can Fix Bowel Control Issues

new  Laser and the Vagina

new  Fecal Incontinence  - More Common Than You Think!

new  Overactive Bladder

new  Painful Bladder Syndrome / Interstitial Cystitis

new  Stress Urinary Incontinence

new  The Thrill is Gone

new  Chronic Constipation

Laser Treatment for Vaginal Atrophy

Have You Had Your Pap Smear?

Resources for Pelvic Floor Disorders

The Uterine Fibroid Dilemma

Are You Leaking ?

New Non-Surgical Laser Solution for Stress Urinary Incontinence

New Treatment Option for Stress Urinary Incontinence

Non-hormonal Vaginal Atrophy Treatment -- Non-painful Sex Without Estrogen

In-Office Painless Laser Vaginal Tightening

Central Florida UroGynecology Announces LASER 4D Aesthetics

Accidental Bowel Loss - A Socially Hidden Problem

Nerve Stimulation to Treat Urinary and Fecal Problems

Is UTI a Major Health Problem?

It Appeared to be an Overactive Bladder

Pessary Treatment of Prolapse

Overactive Bladder Evaluation Chart

Accidental Bowel Loss or Fecal Incontinence

Overactive Bladder Guidelines

Vaginoplasty and the “Designer Vagina”

Surgical Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Recurrent UTI - Urinary Tract Infection

Pads are "Out of Style"

Stool or Bowel Incontinence

Pain with Sex

Nightime Urination

A Tighter Vagina - the Answer to Happiness

Do not Let Urine Loss Color the Golden Years

Office Injection Procedure for Urinary Incontinence

Read a Magazine and Regain Urinary Continence

Position Statement on Mesh Midurethral Slings

Botox Covered by Insurance

Walk to Guard Against Disease!

Estrogen Treatment Possible Side-Effects Often Overstated -- Consider the Benefits!

What the doctor does not tell you…

Tips from Dr. Sprock
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Health and Feeling Good About Yourself

I have to Go All the Time

Treatments for Fecal Incontinence

Third Generation i-Lipo Xcell now available!  FIRST IN U.S.A.

Central Florida UroGynecology Opens Its New Facility on Eyster in Rockledge

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 March 19     March 10

But I don't have to go ...

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Take Action in the New Year !!

InTone Home Device to Treat Urinary Incontinence

Regenlite Skin Tightening and Collagen Stimulation

New Options for Incontinence

Sexy Meshes ???

Control Incontinence.  Enjoy Being a Senior!

A Happy Patient Testimonial - Swimming Again After Bladder Procedure  <external>

Getting Rid of Adult Diapers

Nocturia, Nighttime Voiding

Dr. Sprock Connects with her Patients

Inches Off Where You Want Them Off - I-Lipo® Introduction

Another Incontinence Success Story

Space Coast Daily:  Dr. Sprock Does I-Lipo  <external>

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Back Pain, Fecal and Urinary Problems
By Marja Sprock, M.D.

Back pain is a common problem, can be chronic, but often goes away as quickly as its onset. The back pain that occurs after a night of sleep on a bad mattress is not the one causing urinary and fecal problems. As long as your next night is on a better mattress your problems are likely to be resolved.

Back pain can have multiple reasons: from bone, muscle, skeletal degenerative and disc problems to infections, cancer, blood diseases, or organ disease, such as bowel and gallbladder or inflammatory diseases.

Kidney stones, pelvic inflammatory disease, pelvic organ prolapse (like the bladder falling down in the vagina) and pyelonephritis (kidney infection) can all cause back pain. Not all back pain is the same and some people have chronic back pain which interferes with the nerves supplying vital support functions in the body.

Interstim® inserted
to stimulate the third sacral nerve

A lot of people do not particularly regard the passing of stool and urine when desired a blessing, till it does not work anymore.

Acute back pain causing acute problems with the stool and urine is a medical emergency, but not the focus of this article. People with chronic back pain also often suffer with urinary and fecal problems. The sacral nerves, the nerves in the lower back have a lot of influence on the proper functioning of the urine and stool.

Stimulation, irritation, or compression of the sacral nerves can affect overactive bladder/urination, urinary retention (not being able to empty), fecal incontinence and severe constipation. Numerous people with urinary and fecal problems complain of having had backache for years or warn me that they have some “hardware” in the back. The hardware has usually been placed higher than the level where the nerve is accessed for treatment. However, the chronic back trouble may have a lot to do with current incontinence or evacuation issues. I have only had one patient over the years who had the hardware placed over where I would have been able to access the nerve, so do not worry about that issue. Besides, all is looked at under X-Ray guidance.

Sacral nerve stimulation, even though minimally invasive, is definitely not a first line treatment and patients with overactive bladder, urinary retention, fecal incontinence and severe debilitating constipation have numerous other options before trying to regain function through stimulating the nerve.

Even though the sacral nerve stimulation or Interstim® treatment is reserved for patients with severe quality of life issues because of urinary or fecal problems, the treatment is easier than it sounds. It is basically inserting a pacemaker for the bladder or bowel and is done under local anesthesia. Easy, but often a quality of life saver.

Even though the first sacral nerve stimulation for fecal incontinence was applied in 1994, it took till this year, 2011, for the FDA to approve it for fecal incontinence. Up till now you had to be “lucky” and also have urinary incontinence and/or retention, to even qualify for insertion. Medicare has also approved the Interstim recently for fecal problems. The people who have fecal incontinence or debilitating constipation issues, who have failed conservative treatment, but who do not have urinary issues, finally have some other option for treatment. Through my experience and supported by several studies, I have seen this to be a viable and effective option.

When I was at a conference recently where fecal incontinence was one of the topics, obviously treatments such as diet and pelvic floor muscle exercises were discussed. However, besides mentioning an experimental rectal sling, the Interstim® was felt to be the most effective. Other options, like artificial sphincters, were no longer seriously discussed.

The Interstim® has been used for fecal incontinence in Europe for a long time with excellent results. There are numerous articles proving the efficacy of the treatment. Even though it cannot cure everyone, I have numerous examples of patients who had their “dark secret” cured. If you are suffering from fecal incontinence, you are not the only one and some of your friends or colleagues might be hiding a similar problem.

Diane came to see me after years of trying to control her fecal incontinence. Diane had had 2 back surgeries, was able to function and actually keep a very high profile job. She told me very clearly:” I have tried it all; I will not blame you if you have nothing to offer, but if you can, great”. Diane went through the Interstim® trial, where the final battery is not inserted yet, to assess her response. She came back extremely excited; “I have my life back, you have no idea how much this means to me” The results were life altering. No more meetings where she had to find a way to slip out, to change her pants.

It is not easy if you try to have an active life style and are not sure if you are going to accidently have a bowel movement in your pants. Being out in the public, most people are self-conscious of the smell of urine, let alone stool.

About 8% of non-institutionalized adults suffer from fecal incontinence and the percentage increases with age. The prevalence of anal incontinence in women who also have urinary incontinence is estimated to be between 20-30%

The FDA had the Interstim approved in 1997 for intractable urge incontinence and for urgency-frequency and non-obstructive urinary retention in 1999. Over the years the battery has become smaller, and especially urogynecologists have a long experience with the device. Finally people who have had fecal incontinence for more than a year and have tried diet and biofeedback/muscle training have another, realistic, minimally invasive and very effective option.

Dr. Sprock, a fellowship trained urogynecologist has evaluated numerous patients with fecal incontinence. There are new treatments available at Central Florida UroGynecology in Rockledge.  Please call for an appointment at 321-806-3929, send us a note or visit us online at

Central Florida Urogynecology

101 Eyster Boulevard, Rockledge, FL 32955

Phone 321-806-3929

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