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Incontinence

Aurora BayCare Urological Surgeons offers procedures for men and women seeking to control or end urinary incontinence, which is a loss of bladder control.

 

Urinary incontinence, or UI, becomes more common as people age. Women experience it twice as often as men. Symptoms range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting.

 

The most common kinds of bladder control problems are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. The latter also is known as overactive bladder.

 

  • Stress incontinence occurs when muscles controlling the bladder are too weak. Accidents may happen while working out or after coughing, sneezing, laughing or doing heavy lifting.
  • Urge incontinence, or overactive bladder, occurs when muscles controlling the bladder are too active. This may cause a sudden urge to urinate and the person can’t hold the urine long enough to get to a toilet. This also may cause a strong urge to urinate when there is little urine in the bladder.
  • Prostate problems and nerve damage also can cause incontinence. Overflow incontinence occurs when small amounts of urine leak from a bladder that is always full because of an enlarged prostate, diabetes or a spinal cord injury.

Treatment depends on the type of incontinence and each patient’s needs. It may include surgery, procedures, devices, exercises or medication prescribed by a doctor.

 

Our urological surgeons offer these procedures to treat incontinence:

  • The single-incision mid-urethral sling. Our urological surgeons were the first in the area to offer this less-invasive approach, which improves bladder control for those with stress incontinence.
  • Botox® injections to control urge incontinence, or overactive bladder.

In some cases, our urological surgeons use robotic-assisted surgery to maximize the potential to restore urinary control.

 

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Resources

U.S. National Library of Medicine: Incontinence

 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

National Institutes of Health: Robotic surgery

da Vinci Surgery (robotic-assisted surgery)

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