INCONTINENCE TREATMENT

Urology Specialists of Ohio’s Incontinence Treatment 

Many people are embarrassed by the idea of losing control of their bladder under any circumstance. The truth is, however, that as many as 30 million people in the US deal with urinary incontinence. If you struggle to control your bladder, you are not alone, and you are not without options. 

At Urology Specialists of Ohio, we offer incontinence treatment to people of all ages dealing with a variety of bladder control issues. Don’t be ashamed. Get the help you need. Call us today at (937) 342-9260 or click the button below. 

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control, resulting in urine being released. This can range from a small amount of urine being released while laughing or sneezing to complete loss of urinary function. Despite what some may believe, urinary incontinence is not necessarily tied to age or gender. 

Different types of urinary incontinence can affect both men and women of any age. The most common types of urinary incontinence are:

Stress Incontinence – loss of bladder control is associated with a physical action such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, exerting force, or even bending over. Childbirth can cause stress incontinence in women. Men may experience it after prostate surgery.

Urge Incontinence – a sudden, intense feeling of having to urinate followed by the loss of bladder control. Urge incontinence may stem from an infection, diabetes, or neurological disorders.

Overflow Incontinence – bladder never fully empties, resulting in dribbling afterwards.

Functional Incontinence – a mental or physical impairment (such as arthritis) prevents you from making it to the toilet in time.

Mixed Incontinence – a combination of multiple incontinence issues.

Whatever you are experiencing, we offer different incontinence treatments in the Springfield, Ohio area to help you take back control of your bladder.

Non-Surgical Management Options

Some of the causes of incontinence are temporary and easily reversible. Reversible causes include urinary tract infection, vaginal infection or irritation, medication, constipation and restricted mobility. However, in some cases, further medical intervention is necessary. Minimally invasive treatment options are those treatments that do not involve surgery and should be the first line of treatment for patients. However, they may also be used in conjunction with surgical therapy.

Fluid Management
This option consists of instructing a patient to increase or reduce their fluid intake. Incontinent patients may need to reduce the amount of caffeine or other dietary irritants (such as acidic fruit juices, colas, coffee and tea), while at the same time increase water intake to produce an adequate amount of non-irritating, non-concentrated urine. A recommended water intake is six to eight glasses per day.
Kegal Exercises
Kegal exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. You can do Kegal exercises discreetly anytime or any place.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
This conservative, non-surgical therapy is used to treat incontinence, urgency, pelvic pain, or to re-educate the pelvic floor muscle to restore and maintain bladder health. The procedure tech will educate, evaluate, and instruct you on proper isolation and exercise of your pelvic floor muscles. Using biofeedback technology, a computer recorder monitors the strength of your pelvic muscles and your progress throughout the therapy. The computerized technology allows you to immediately see the results as you contract and relax the correct group of muscles according to a preset pattern of exercises. Think of this as your personal trainer while you “do a circuit” of exercises just as they do for muscles in the fitness centers. You will learn skills that will enable you to continue maintaining pelvic floor health throughout your life.
Electrical Stimulation during Biofeedback Therapy
Your physician may decide that your pelvic floor muscles could benefit from an extra boost of exercise which can be provided by directly stimulating these muscles. A very mild electrical stimulation causes the muscle to contract without your direct effort. Many people also report this offers a sensation that guides them in identifying the correct muscles to contract. The stimulation often is described as a tingling sensation – this is not painful- and is always adjusted to your specific comfort.
Pelvic Relaxation Therapy
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that attach to the front, back, and sides of the pelvic bone and sacrum. Contracting and relaxing these muscles helps to control bowel and bladder functions. These muscles must relax to allow for urination and bowel movements. A computer monitors the strength of your pelvic muscles and your progress throughout the therapy. The computerized technology allows you to immediately see the results as you contract and relax the correct group of muscles according to a preset pattern of exercises. These visual and audio “clues” allow you to learn to contract and, even more importantly, to relax the pelvic floor muscles.
PTNS (percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation)
Is a minimally invasive way to improve urge incontinence in men and women. A device is attached to a needle which is temporarily placed near the ankle. The device delivers mild electrical impulses which travel up the nerves in the leg to the nerves that control the bladder. Many patients see a reduction in the frequency and urgency of their bathroom visits and in the number of accidents they have.
Medication Treatments
Anticholinergics allow for relaxation of the bladder smooth muscle. These drug works well to treat urge incontinence but has side effects including dry mouth, confusion, constipation, blurred vision and an inability to urinate.

Surgical Management Options

Surgical options are only considered after a full evaluation. Typically, non-invasive techniques will be tried prior to proceeding to surgical options. The physician will need to identify the type of incontinent because the surgical options are designed to work specifically for each type of incontinence. 

The most common surgical procedure that Urology Specialists performs to resolve stress incontinence is the Robotic Sacrocolpopexy. Surgical mesh is used to support the pelvic floor. This will allow all the pelvic organs to sit in a more natural position, which will decrease the amount of movement with coughing, sneezing and laughing. 

Interstim Therapy is a neuromodulation therapy that targets the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control the bladder. It is used to tread urge incontinence. The patient will go through a trial assessment where a temporary device is attached in an in-office procedure. Based on the outcome of the trial assessment the patient and physician may decide to proceed to a full implant, which is done under anesthesia at the hospital. 

You don’t have to decide on a treatment right now. In fact, the best first step is to simply meet with a doctor. The doctors at Urology Specialists of Ohio are trained specifically in issues involving the bladder. With five offices in the Miami Valley area, we offer incontinence treatment beyond Springfield, Ohio. 

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