Incontinence TreatmentTuesday, September 18, 2012
Urinary incontinence can be a devastating problem for many people. Fortunately, most people can be cured or greatly improved with treatment. Dr. Edward Hill discusses treatment options in todays 60 Second Housecall.
If the cause of urinary incontinence is simple, such as a medication side effect, it may be easily treated. If not, there are various treatments including:
- Exercises - Kegel exercises are used to strengthen the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles in women who have stress incontinence.
- Timed voiding regular urination at scheduled times during the day, such as every four hours whether or not you have the urge, may be enough to improve incontinence
- Medications may be used to treat certain types of incontinence. Some inhibit an overactive bladder; others relax or constrict the sphincter muscle. Estrogens may be used to improve incontinence in older women.
- Pessaries this is a stiff ring inserted into the vagina to reposition the urethra and prevent urine leakage
If these treatments fail, surgery may be needed by a gynecologist or urologist. This includes prostate surgery in men, pelvic muscle suspension surgery in women, or insertion of an artificial sphincter.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.