A 46-year-old member asked:
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can urinary incontinence be totally cured?

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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
31 years experience Urogynecology
Depends: Incontinence is a symptom. Finding a "cure" means idenfying the problem and correcting the problem. The problem could be a medication or dietary irritant causing urgency and incontinence associated with it. Or the problem could be a nerve problem related to back surgery. So the cure is really based on what the problem is and identification of the problem is often times the challenging part.
Answered on Jan 16, 2014
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Dr. Scott Kramer
35 years experience Gynecology
Usually: Begin with kegel exercises to strengthen muscles that close urethra. Some women leak because of poorly supported urethra after having babies, which can be fixed with a urethral sling as an outpatient 10 minute procedure with minimal downtime. Others need medication for over active bladder. While it's embarrassing don't acquiesce to suffer in silence, ask for help.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Amit Patel
21 years experience Urogynecology
Yes possible: It depends on the type of incontinence and severity of the problem, as well as many other factors, but for most patients, regardless of whether they have stress incontinence or urge incontinence, it can be cured. The main exception is overflow incontinence, which is usually due to permanent damage to the bladder or nerves going to the bladder.
Answered on Jul 31, 2013
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