Sometime coughing, sneezing, hard laughing, or lifting can cause you to “pee yourself” if you urinary continence. Commonly seen with more elderly women, any woman of any age can experience urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence comes in a variety of types:
Stress incontinence – occurs when extra pressure is placed on the muscles and bladder from coughing, sneezing, laughing, heavy lifting and exercise
Urge incontinence – the “overactive bladder” where leakage occurs when the bladder muscles suddenly contract, resulting in an unstoppable urge to urinate
Mixed incontinence –a combination of stress and urge incontinence
Functional incontinence – seen among the elderly leakage occurs with the knowledge and desire to urinate, but the inability to hold it in time to get to the restroom
Gross total incontinence –involves a continuous leakage and/or large amounts of urine, typically resulting from an injury
Dr. Turner can utilize multiple modalities to treat urinary
incontinence and restore bladder control. Non-invasive
techniques include kegel exercises to strengthen the
muscles of the pelvic floor to help with bladder control.
A program for retraining the bladder may also be
effective. Lifestyle changes such as limiting alcohol or
carbonated and caffeinated drinks, along with overall
liquid intake, can help alleviate urinary incontinence. Medications can also be used to help bladder control as well as Botox® injections that have proven effective for relaxing bladder muscles to increase bladder capacity and reducing the potential for leakage.
If these non-medical and medical treatments are ineffective, non-invasive procedural options also are available. Dr. Turner can use the BTL EMSELLA™ technology to help tighten and strengthen the pelvic floor for bladder control. An FDA approved procedure, the treatment consists of six 30-minute sessions scheduled twice a week, where a device stimulates the muscles of the pelvic floor to regain bladder control. Patient remain fully clothed during this in-and-out the door procedure. Results are seen typically after the first treatment and improve over time.
If you are experiencing the occasional embarrassing moment to urinary incontinence, book an appointment today with Dr. Turner to regain your control.