Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence refers to the loss of control over the release of urine. There are different types of urinary incontinence. Some people have stress incontinence, in which a small amount of urine may leak when physical stress is exerted during actions such as coughing. Other people have more severe symptoms, such as difficulty controlling the urge to urinate . Patients with urinary incontinence can turn to a physician at their community hospital for treatment. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, patients will find compassionate healthcare providers dedicated to improving wellness and quality of life.

Bladder Training

Bladder training may be effective for patients with stress, urge, or mixed incontinence. This technique may involve delaying urination. To start, patients are instructed to delay urinating for five minutes when they feel the urge. Gradually, they may increase this amount of time. Some patients may find it helpful to schedule bathroom breaks. With this technique, they go to the bathroom at certain times, such as every hour, whether or not they feel the need to.

Kegel Exercises

For patients with stress incontinence, Kegel exercises can help by strengthening the muscles that influence bladder control. They involve repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles used to stop urinary flow. To perform Kegel exercises properly, the buttock, leg, and stomach muscles should be relaxed.

Surgery

Surgery generally isn’t the first treatment option a urologist will recommend for urinary incontinence . However, it may be appropriate for patients who are otherwise generally healthy and who haven’t found relief of symptoms through conservative treatments. There are different types of surgical procedures that may be helpful. For example, women with stress incontinence caused by pelvic prolapse may undergo vaginal vault suspension. The top of the vagina is attached to the pelvic ligaments, lower abdominal wall, or lumbar spine to provide support.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center of Las Vegas is pleased to provide sophisticated treatment options for patients suffering from urinary incontinence, including vaginal vault suspension via robot-assisted surgery. You can contact our community hospital at (702) 731-8000 to request a physician referral. Or, visit us on the Web to learn more about our other service lines, including stroke care, emergency care, and heart health services.

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