Incontinence Treatment

Tuesday, 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.

Dr. Hill:

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.