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Dr Christopher Chong is a pioneer in prolapse, incontinence and pelvic floor reconstruction surgery in Singapore. There is tremendous advancement in Urogynaecology. In the treatment of incontinence, Dr Chong is the first few doctors in Asia to use the latest surgery using the Tension-free Vaginal Tape ( TVT) Sling procedure and also the new TVT- Obturator technique. We have performed more than 1000 such procedures. This minimally invasive surgery, needing about 10 minutes, can be done as a day procedure and with minimal pain. Success rates in 92 - 94 %.

Dr Christopher Chong is a pioneer in the use of the gynemesh in the treatment of severe utero-prolapse, which is a challenging problem as failure of surgery without the mesh is at least 30%. Dr Chong's series of cystocele mesh repair surgeries attained a short-term success of 94.5% and this won the 2nd prize for poster presentation in Cairo in September 2005 in the UK Royal College of O & G conference. Gaining popularity is that of vaginal cosmetic surgery. One main cause of lax vagina is multiple deliveries. Vaginoplasty (tightening of vagina with or without laser ) and labioplasty ( for enlarged labia ) are common surgeries by Dr Chong, " making the women better than new ".

Mothers Question and Answer

  • Q: I suffer from light urinary leakage even though I have had surgery years ago to try to strengthen the bladder area as I had a prolapse. I did not have the best surgeon and the situation was made worse not better.

    I also have a bleeding disorder which does not help the problem. I am still bleeding and there is nothing the Doctors can do because of the medical situation, other women would be able to have the uterus removed but the doctors state that is impossible for me, I will have bleeding problems for the rest of my life. So therefore I need a pad that helps with the bladder problem as well as a bleeding problem, which pad do you recommend for my circumstances? Asked by Murna

    A: Dear Murna, Using a product such as Poise pads would be perfect for your situation since Poise pads are designed for light urinary leakage but can also be used for menstrual protection such as the bleeding you mentioned. Poise pads have a much higher absorbent capacity than other feminine hygiene/menstrual only brands. You haven't mentioned what type of light urinary leakage you suffer from but for a few drops here and there, I would recommend a Poise liner. If it is a little more or you prefer more security in your product, I would suggest the Poise Slim pad.

    Try our product selector tool to help you decide: You can also request a free sample from our website so that you can try different sizes before you buy.

  • Q: My mother recently had an operation to insert a Pacemaker after suffering a slow heartbeat and since then she is Incontinent and nobody at the Hospital took any notice. She is 83 and other than this she is in good health. When she is sitting down she is okay, but when she gets up she has a trickle. Asked by Ruby

    A: Dear Ruby,It sounds like your mother is suffering from stress incontinence. As our bodies age, our muscles weaken. When your mother is stands up, there is increased pressure on her pelvic floor muscles which may not be as strong as they used to be. As a result, she will get the small trickle. To help her manage the condition, it is best for her to use an absorbent product such as Poise products. If she is able to, you can also encourage her to try pelvic floor exercises to strengthen her muscles. Finally, some medications can also have a side effect of incontinence so it is important to speak to her doctor about this as there may be an easy solution to the problem.

  • Q: I would like a panty liner that helps with the odour of incontinence - which one should I get? Asked by Yvonne

    A: Dear Yvonne, The Poise liners range including Poise regular liners and Poise Long Liners, all contain a super absorbent core that helps to prevent odour. It is important to choose a liner that is specifically made for light urinary leakage as these liners are two to three times more absorbent than sanitary liners and as a result, will better control odours.

  • Q: I am doing a lot of running but find regular pads don’t absorb leakage. It is very embarrassing to finish a run looking like I've wet myself. I don’t want to give up running, what would you suggest?

    I go to the toilet sometimes 3 to 4 times before a run, am training for a half marathon and don’t want to not do it because of my problem. I try not to drink at all for 3 to 4 hours before running, but this is not good for hydration, it’s just to stop even more urine loss. Asked by Carmen

    A: I would suggest that you find the correct type of pad for your light urinary leakage, whist implementing and maintaining a healthy bladder program. Menstrual pads are not designed to contain urine so they will be ineffective – you need a pad which is specifically designed to contain urine. Poise offers a range of liners, and pads specifically designed for women with light to moderate light urinary leakage, so that you can get on with living an active and dynamic life, without embarrassment. They are available in ten different sizes and absorbencies, so I encourage you to use the Poise product selector to find the right product and protection for your needs. Visit

    In terms of a healthy bladder program, there are things you can do to try and regain your bladder control. See the “Regain Bladder Control” section of the Poise website for information. You will also find pelvic floor exercises detailed, which will strengthen your Pelvic Floor muscles, so that with the pressure created from running they will be strong enough to stop leakages of urine occurring. Finally, it is important to know that if you stop drinking water, the bladder muscles can become weaker, as it does not need to work to contain the urine. While it is generally recommended that one drinks at least 1500mL/day of fluid, as you are exercising, you should aim for at least 2000-2500 mL/day. This does not include drinks including caffeine, such as coffee, tea and soft drinks. Avoid or minimise the intake of these, or if consumed, match the intact with water.