In this health video learn how a new device is helping stop an embarrassing problem.
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Jennifer Matthews: Sharon Tomlinson is going for the green today. But it wasn't long ago she was too embarrassed to play golf ... or even go out at all, always in fear that an accident might happen. Sharon Tomlinson: If you cough, lots of times you would find yourself wet, and it became awkward. Jennifer Matthews: Always in fear that an accident might happened. Sharon Tomlinson: You didn't want to go anywhere where someone is going to be telling jokes because you have to run for the bathroom probably. Jennifer Matthews: Sharon suffered from urinary incontinence. Sharon Tomlinson: I always had to take a change of clothing with me wherever I went. Jennifer Matthews: A balloon could help millions of women like her! Dr. Naill Galloway: This will provide a permanent solution. Jennifer Matthews: The Adjustable Continence Therapy (ACT) is implanted through two small, barely noticeable incisions. An adjustable balloon is placed on each side of the urethra. They're inflated with fluid to support the muscles and stop incontinence. Dr. Naill Galloway: The patient who's offered this kind of treatment has to have a bladder control problem that's truly due to weakness. Jennifer Matthews: Urologist Naill Galloway believes this could help millions of women if they just admit they have a problem, like Sharon finally did. Sharon Tomlinson: A lot of women are embarrassed to say anything about it. Jennifer Matthews: Fed up, Tomlinson took care of her problem and is now back in the game. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.