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About 25 Million Americans have a secret: they suffer from urinary incontinence, the leakage of small amounts of urine or frequent and sometimes uncontrollable urination. Three fourths of people with this condition are women, and one fourth are men. Thankfully, you don’t need to accept incontinence as a normal part of life; it’s usually treatable and often curable.
Urinary incontinence is the leakage of small amounts of urine or frequent and sometimes uncontrollable urination. It frequently occurs as you age but is not a natural part of aging. Younger women of childbearing age and female athletes may also experience incontinence.
All types of urinary incontinence can be treated, but early intervention is very important. Treatment will depend on the type of incontinence you have and what the underlying cause is.
Coughing, laughing, heavy lifting and strenuous activities can bring on urine leakage with stress incontinence. This type is usually caused by weakening pelvic floor muscles and is sometimes caused by childbirth, surgery, or prostate trouble (in men).
When the muscle wall of the bladder is overactive you can experience the sudden urge to urinate and often can’t make it to the bathroom in time. Also known as overactive bladder, this form of incontinence can be due to infections in the bladder or urethra and muscle spasms from a variety of causes.
Many women experience both urge and stress incontinence, also known as mixed incontinence. With mixed incontinence, the two types of incontinence may be caused by different factors and must be examined and treated independently.
Accurately identifying the cause of incontinence is the first step in successfully treating the disorder. Our team is highly skilled in incontinence diagnosis and have helped hundreds of women and men with urinary incontinence and pelvic floor disorders.
Non-Surgical Treatments include physical therapy, medication, special devices and other treatments, such as electrical stimulation, biofeedback, collagen implants and catheterization.
Doctors usually suggest surgery only after other treatments have been tried. Many surgical options have high rates of success and our surgeons perform the latest, minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat urinary incontinence. The most popular surgical procedures include the single incision sling, implantation of a sacral nerve stimulator, transvaginal tape and transobturator tape.
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