Types of Incontinence
Procedures & Services > Incontinence
More than 11 million American women of all ages suffer from urinary incontinence. Often caused by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles following childbirth, urinary leakage can be emotionally debilitating, yet many women suffer in silence, unaware of recent breakthroughs in correcting this and other symptoms caused by pelvic floor disorders.
The urination process:
Urine is stored in the bladder until it is eliminated from the body through a tube called the urethra. Urine flow and leakage is normally controlled by sphincter muscles, which tighten and close around the neck of the bladder and urethra. When urination begins, bladder muscles contract to squeeze urine out of the bladder and sphincter muscles relax to allow the urine to pass. When urination is completed, the bladder relaxes and the sphincter contracts.
Types of Incontinence:
Treatment: There are several different approaches that may be used in managing and treating urge incontinence. If evidence of infection is found in urine culture, antibiotics will be prescribed. The choice of a specific treatment will depend on the severity of the symptoms and the extent that the symptoms interfere with lifestyle. There are four main approaches to treatment: medication, bladder retraining, physical therapy, and surgery.
Treatment: The treatment of mixed incontinence will vary by patient depending on the predominant symptoms the patient is experiencing, and depending on the medical history and findings from the physical exam. Although the treatments will be similar to the treatment listed above for each type of incontinence, the treatment of mixed incontinence will be tailored to the needs of each individual patient.
Treatment: The treatment of anal incontinence is dependent on the etiology of the disorder. Most patients may be managed using conservative treatments such as medication and pelvic floor physical therapy. Some patients may require a surgical procedure to treat this condition.
Treatment: Because nocturia may occur for various reasons, your physician will do the proper evaluation prior to treating you. Generally, nocturia is treated medically.
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