Incontinence – Overactive Bladder
Do you feel that frequent or sudden urination has negatively impacted your life? Does it feel like you have lost control or have an overactive bladder? This is a common problem, especially for women as they age, and it is called urinary incontinence. Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health is committed to helping you feel like your best self again. Explore treatment options and learn more about the condition during your consultation with our team in Scottsdale, AZ!
What Is Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control, often resulting in urinary leakage. It is often a result of a weakening of the pelvic muscles, and it is a common problem for older women. There also may be issues with the urethra, which is the tube that voids urine.
Pelvic muscles may be weakened as a result of:
- Strenuous activity
There are also different types of urinary incontinence.
- Stress – leakage during activities like coughing, sneezing, or exercising as a result of weakened bladder or urethra muscles
- Urge – an overactive bladder as a result of bladder muscles contracting too often or a problem with the nerve impulse related to bladder control
- Mixed – a combination of issues related to stress and urge incontinence
- Overflow – steady loss of urine as a result of a blockage in the urethra or an underactive bladder that does not completely void urine
If you feel you may be impacted by any of these concerns, schedule a consultation with our team in Scottsdale today.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Stress incontinence has a variety of non-surgical treatment options. Treatment options may include:
- Bladder training
- Diet and fluid management
- Double voiding
- Exercise for the pelvic floor muscles (Kegels)
- Injectable materials
- Scheduling or training bathroom visits
- Special garments or pads
- Topical estrogen
All of these options may be discussed during your consultation with our qualified team. Our team can help you choose and develop the plan that is best for you.
If you have tried treatment but not seen any beneficial results, there are surgical procedures available to combat stress incontinence.
One surgical option is a bladder sling, which is a mesh insert that adds support to the urethra to keep it closed to prevent leakage. The mesh creates a hammock-like system when supporting the urethra and bladder neck. Our Scottsdale team is committed to utilizing the safest, best-tested sling materials and procedures.
Another surgical option is a bladder neck suspension surgery. This procedure involves sutures to reinforce support to the bladder neck at the point where it attaches to the urethra. The bladder neck is secured to a ligament near the pubic bone or pubic bone cartilage.
Surgical procedures to treat incontinence are generally recommended on a case-by-case basis.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Surgery for incontinence is typically recommended to those who have tried more conservative treatment options but have failed to see results. A consultation with our team in Arizona is the best way to discuss your condition and determine what the best path for you will be. Results from all treatments, surgical or non-surgical, will vary for each person and method.