Urinary Incontinence Treatment
In Oklahoma City and surrounding communities, the doctors at Urology Associates specialize in treating urinary incontinence in both men and women. If you experience a lack of urinary control, our urologists can diagnose the cause and recommend effective treatment options.
Urinary incontinence often results from anatomic, physiological, or pathologic (disease) factors. While childbirth, limited mobility, side effects from medication, or urinary tract infections commonly cause acute and temporary incontinence, chronic incontinence is often traced to:
- Bladder or pelvic muscle weakness
- Restriction of urine flow
- Vaginal prolapse
- Overactive Bladder (OAB)
- Neurologic conditions
There are several types of urinary incontinence:
- Stress incontinence occurs when exercising, coughing, sneezing, or other activities puts pressure on the bladder and urethra.
- Urge incontinence (overactive bladder) happens when the bladder inappropriately contracts and you may not be able to get to the bathroom quickly enough.
- Overflow incontinence occurs when you don't feel the urge to urinate or your bladder doesn't empty well. As a result, small amounts of urine may leak frequently.
- Total incontinence is the continuous leakage of urine.
- Mixed incontinence is a combination of any of the above types of urinary incontinence.
Certain diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries can lead to urinary incontinence. In men, an enlarged prostate (BPH), as well as prostate cancer treatments, can also cause urinary incontinence.
As many as 25 million Americans suffer from bladder control problems, and up to 80 percent of them are women of all ages. Urinary incontinence often hampers a woman’s lifestyle, and many women bear this burden out of embarrassment or being unaware that the condition can be cured or managed.
Urology Associates offers numerous treatments to help you effectively manage your bladder control problems and restore your quality of life. We understand what you’re going through and can help with common bladder control conditions such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and overactive bladder (OAB).
Among these solutions are:
- Behavioral training, such as bladder training and timed urination to treat urge incontinence
- Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises that strengthen the muscles that control the flow of urine; used to treat urge and stress incontinence.
- Medications to relax the bladder and/or improve hormonal conditions of the vagina.
- Mechanical devices such as a pessary, which is a latex or silicone device inserted into the vagina.
- Surgery to correct stress incontinence by lifting the urethra, the bladder, or both, into their normal positions
Urology Associates provides effective treatment for both male and female urinary incontinence at our offices in and around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You don’t have to live with embarrassing leakage anymore. For an appointment with one of our board-certified urologists, call us today at (405) 749-9655 or request an appointment online.