When a body loses control of the bladder, it is incontinence.
There are multiple causes of incontinence in both men and women, including: neurologic injury, birth defects, stroke, multiple sclerosis and physical problems associated with aging.
It is not uncommon and it is distressing and embarrassing to the sufferer.Urinary incontinence almost always results from an underlying treatable medical or surgical condition but is under-reported to medical practitioners.
Urinary incontinence can be difficult to talk about. “Urologist” is here to help.
Types of urinary incontinence include:
• Stress incontinence
• Urge incontinence
• Overflow incontinence
• Functional incontinence
• Mixed incontinence
First, the reason for the incontinence must be discovered and this is accomplished by giving a thorough medical history. How and when the leakage began and continues will aid in naming the type of incontinence.
A physical examination, including reflex testing and palpation of areas around the urinary tract will offer additional information suggesting the cause of the incontinence.
Some of the symptoms experienced are:
•urine leakage during exercise or when coughing, sneezing or laughing
• an inability to hold the urine until reaching the bathroom
Our surgeons are leaders in interventions for urinary incontinence in both women and men, including surgical and non-surgical approaches.
Treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the type of incontinence, its severity and the underlying cause. A combination of treatments may be needed. Your doctor is likely to suggest the least invasive treatments first and move on to other options only if these techniques fail.
Following treatment options we use:
* Protective undergarments
* Pelvic muscle exercises
* Bulking injections
* Behavior therapies
* External devices
Women experience incontinence twice as often as men. Incontinence is more prevalent in women than men and some of the reasons are: pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and the structure of female woman’s urinary tract. Women of any age can experience incontinence and it’s more common in older women – though, not inevitable.
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