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Treating Incontinence

Published: June 15, 2014

What Is Urinary Incontinence?

When you hear the phrase “urinary incontinence” you may immediate start thinking of a condition that cannot be controlled.  However, our team of experts at Virginia Urology is here to illustrate that there are many treatment options available to help treat the involuntary loss of urine.

Through this Virginia Urology blog, you will learn about different types of incontinence and learn more about treatment options available to help.  Keep reading to learn more about ways to treat and improve the symptoms of incontinence now.

Treatment of Incontinence

There are multiple types of incontinence, and various environmental and physical factors can yield more involuntary control of urine.  Stress incontinence is the most common form of leakage and can occur when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened.   In addition, menopausal women may suffer from leakage from decreased estrogen levels.  Men typically do not experience incontinence as much as frequently as women, however, prostate surgery can yield incontinence post-surgery.

To treat stress incontinence, our team of experts at Virginia Urology will discuss all of your treatment options with you during a consultation.  For males, urethral injections containing bulking agents can improve the function of the sphincter.  It also may be recommended that an artificial sphincter be implanted to fully treat male incontinence.

For stress incontinence and women, behavior modification and pelvic rehabilitation may be recommended for treatment.  Surgical options are also available that use bulking options, and other options such as the “sling.”

Urge incontinence is another form of incontinence, and is commonly referred to as “overactive bladder.”  Urge incontinence can be related to other types of illnesses, such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, and injuries to the spinal cord.

Treatment options for urge incontinence include:

  • Decreasing fluids, including those with caffeine and alcohol
  • Not drinking fluids at bedtime
  • Pelvic muscle exercises
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Medication
  • Implantation of a bladder pacemaker to monitor the functioning of the bladder.

During your initial visit with Virginia Urology, all of your questions about incontinence treatments will be answered.  Our expert physicians will work to understand your personal case of incontinence, and then find the best solutions for your personal needs. You do not have to remain with the consequences of urinary incontinence for a lifetime—learn how we can help!

Learn More about Virginia Urology and Incontinence

If you are interested in learning more about treatments and services provided at Virginia Urology, then do not hesitate to contact our team.  We are here to answer all of your questions about incontinence and share ways that we can improve your symptoms.

At Virginia Urology, you will find that our team of experts is always available to help guide you and offer procedures and treatments that may best suit your individual needs.  Contact us today to learn more about the Virginia Urology difference in patient care.