Incontinence Treatment at Lowcountry Urology Clinics
The physicians at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have years of experience in the causes, symptoms and treatment of incontinence. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions about incontinence.
What is Urge Urinary Incontinence?
Urge urinary incontinence means you experience a strong urge to urinate, and then you are unable to prevent it. Most commonly, you will feel the need to go, but you can’t reach the bathroom before leaking. Both men and women experience this condition. What Causes Urge Urinary Incontinence? Bladder irritability, instability, or an "overactive" bladder usually causes this sensation.
Sometimes you may have a more serious condition such as bladder infection or inflammation. Your urologist will run the proper tests to make sure.
If there is not a more serious condition present, your doctor may prescribe a medication to reduce your urgent sensations. These medications - called anticholinergics - include ditropan, Detrol, Vesicare, Enablex, and Sanctura. When urge incontinence resists medical therapy, it may require an alternative approach such as sacral neuromodulation or pelvic floor biofeedback.
What is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Stress incontinence means you involuntarily leak after a stressful event such as a cough, sneeze, or picking up a heavy object. Stress incontinence usually results from an anatomic condition that changes the way your bladder and urethra interact with each other. These changes can prevent the urinary sphincter muscle from closing properly.
Your urologist can usually correct stress incontinence through surgery. The particular procedure will vary with the individual. To select the best treatment, your doctor will consider your medical history, the severity of your incontinence, anatomy and lifestyle. Your options may include sling procedures, vaginal and bladder suspensions, urethral injection of bulking agents, and artificial urinary sphincter placement.
What is Male Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Men may experience stress urinary incontinence, often after treatment for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate. Ask your doctor about your treatment options.
Treat Your Incontinence at Lowcountry Urology Clinics Today!
Don’t let incontinence embarrass you or hamper your lifestyle any further. Find out about your treatment options today! Contact Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC to learn more.