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What's bladder retraining?

What's bladder retraining?

BLADDER RETRAINING: Mostly includes timed voiding every 1-2 hrs, kegel excersizes and at times includes intermittant catheterization to gey the residule urine out after voiding. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Can you have overactive bladder without urinary incontinence?

Can you have overactive bladder without urinary incontinence?

Absolutely: Oab, also known as "gotta go, gotta go right now, " simply causes bladder spasms and the urgency to urinate. If you are able to get to a bathroom quickly, or your conscious control of your bladder muscles is strong enough, you can prevent urine loss. Typically however, oab tends to worsen over time, so the cause for your oab is important to determine. See you doctor! ...Read more

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Could a urinary tract infection cause urgency or urge incontinence?

Could a urinary tract infection cause urgency or urge incontinence?

Yes: Urgency can certainly be associated with a urinary tract infection, especially if these symptoms occurred suddenly. Call your doctor to set up a urine lab test. ...Read more

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Does pelvic prolapse cause incontinence?

Does pelvic prolapse cause incontinence?

Yes and No: Pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence are two distinct entities that often occur together. In some circumstances pelvic prolapse reduces urinary incontinence due to increased urethral pressures. Surgeons often discuss issues of future incontinence when treating prolapse. A complete pelvic floor evaluation is important when planning surgery to avoid these issues. ...Read more

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Does the bladder sling surgery stop urinary incontinence caused by Prostate surgery?

Does the bladder sling surgery stop urinary incontinence caused by Prostate surgery?

See remark: There are bladder slings that help in male incontinence following prostate surgery...but the results are not as good as when placing slings in female incontinence ...Read more

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Does prostate surgery always cause urinary incontinence?

Does prostate surgery always cause urinary incontinence?

No: There are of course different type of prostate surgery. Postate removal for cancer has a severe incontinence rate of 3-5% and a mild to moderate incontinence rate of 10-15%. Both are very treatable in hands of surgeons who treat this often. Prostate scraping and laser treatments for benign disease rarely lead to incontinenece buts is also very treatable. Bottom line:it happens and is treatable. ...Read more

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Sphincter of ode after gall bladder surgery?

Sphincter of ode after gall bladder surgery?

Please Clarify: The sphincter of oddi is a normal anatomic structure at the point where the bile duct enters the intestine (see duodenal papilla on pic above). Dysfunction of the sphincter, though very rare, can simulate gallbladder-type pain & is a possible explanation for ongoing pain despite gb removal. This can be diagnosed by endoscopic testing & treated by cutting the sphincter. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause bladder incontinence ?

Can kidney stones cause bladder incontinence ?

No: stones in the kidneys have no relationship to urinary incontinence. A ureteral stones near the bladder can however, cause bladder irritative symptoms. ...Read more

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How can rectal prolapse cause fecal incontinence?

How can rectal prolapse cause fecal incontinence?

Sphincter can't shut: In rectal prolapse the sphincter is generally intact but because the rectum is coming out of the anus it is in a somewhat open position and although constipation is the most frequent cause of prolapse once the prolapse is full thickness any loose stool will likely escape. ...Read more

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Could bladder prolapse cause recurrent urinary tract infection?

Could bladder prolapse cause recurrent urinary tract infection?

Sometimes: If the bladder prolapse is making it difficult to empty your bladder then that can lead to urinary tract infections. A visit to your doctor to check how much urine is in your bladder after you void is a quick test to see if that is the cause of your infections. ...Read more

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Which physician treats bowel incontinence?

Which physician treats bowel incontinence?

Colorectal surgeons: Colorectal surgeons treat bowel incontinence. We have a lot of really good treatments available now, including both surgical and non-surgical options. You no longer have to limit your lifestyle because of this embarrassing condition. ...Read more

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What are gall bladder surgery and gall bladder flush?

What are gall bladder surgery and gall bladder flush?

Lap chole: Gall bladder surgery is usually a very common proceedure called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy in which a surgeon places 3 - 4 tiny holes in your abdomen to remove the offending organ. It is outpatient, you go home the same day and usually return to work in 1 - 3 weeks. It has been done safely since the early 90's. I am not familiar with a gall bladder flush. ...Read more

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Post void incontinence, ultrasound bladder,kidney and prostate normal, after voiding showed bladder empty normal, awaiting uroflowmetry resul,concern?

Here are some ...: For postvoid incontinence, I assumed you have so-called postvoid dribbling after you ripped in the penis into underwaer, which is indeed very annoying. You may try correctly milking the entirely urethra after each voiding by wiping the urethra x 3-4 times from the area behind scrotum toward the end of penis until "dryness" before zipping in the penis. Do this first. Due to 400-letter limit, end .. ...Read more

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Can cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?

Can cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?

No: Cystoscopy is simply a technique to view the inside of the bladder with a video camera. It would not cause incontinence but may be part of the evaluation of incontinence in some patients. ...Read more

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What are causes of bowel and bladder problems after a complete hysterectomy?

What are causes of bowel and bladder problems after a complete hysterectomy?

More info needed: In the long run, there should be no affect on your bowel or bladder function after hysterectomy. There are risks of surgery to both those organ systems, but those problems would arise promptly after surgery. ...Read more

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Can groin hernias cause bowel and bladder problems?

Can groin hernias cause bowel and bladder problems?

Yes: An inguinal hernia is a hole in the muscle layers of the abdominal wall which allows a sac of the abdominal lining to come through it. That sac is open at the base and will, sometimes, allow bowel or fatty tissue or bladder to enter the sac and become irritated, stuck or in worst case injured and gangrenous. Symptoms can vary based on what is in the sac and how badly trapped and irritated it is. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bladder incontinence?

What are the tests for bladder incontinence?

History, exam, labs: History and physical are probably most important. You should also have a urine test. I often check a simple flow test with residual to make sure the patient is emptying. Urodynamics for more complex patients and cysto if i'm planning surgery (look in the bladder). For more: @thepeedoc www.Peedoc.Com. ...Read more

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Is bowel incontinence common?

Fecal Incontinence: Fecal incontinence is estimated to occurs in some 5% of the population. The most common cause in the United States is the trauma of vaginal childbirth, particularly if a tear occurred or if a posterior midline episiotomy was performed. It is often not brought by patients and not asked about by doctors. It is treatable and manageable in most cases, with attention to diet, meals, a bowel journal. ...Read more

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How is bowel incontinence typically treated?

How is bowel incontinence typically treated?

Disrupted or weak: Anal sphincter but also diarrhea or ibs unfortunately people wait until the muscle gets to far gone to do much with. Sphincter repair, biofeedback and neuroma dilation r therapies now, but slings are in govt trials right now. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have bowel incontinence?

What should I do if I have bowel incontinence?

Lots of options: Colorectal surgeons treat bowel incontinence. We have a lot of really good treatments available now, including both surgical and non-surgical options. You no longer have to limit your lifestyle because of this embarrassing condition. Make an appointment to discuss your options with a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel incontinence?

What is the definition or description of: bowel incontinence?

See below: Bowel incontinence is the loss of bowel control, leading to an involuntary passage of stool. This can range from occasionally leaking a small amount of stool and passing gas, to completely losing control of bowel movements. Causes are numerous but include neurological, psychiatric, gynecologic, dietary and traumatic causes. Referral to a colorectal surgeon can determine the cause. ...Read more

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Can you get incontinence from being hit in the bladder/penis region?

Can you get incontinence from being hit in the bladder/penis region?

Very unlikely: Urianry incontinence stems from trauma to the groin area usually is from damage to the sphincter that controls urine. Although it is possible, it is unlikely to cause incontinence from just a hit to the groin unless there was severe trauma to this area including a fracture to the pubic bone or pelvic bone. ...Read more

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I am embarrassed about my bowel incontinence. What can I do about it?

I am embarrassed about my bowel incontinence. What can I do about it?

Bowel leakage : Is upsetting and embarassing. A GI doctor or colorectal surgeon or urogynecologist can help evaluate the problem and suggest treatments. ...Read more

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Would you recommend having corrective surgery with mesh for bladder stress incontinence?

Yes: As long as it was just a mesh sling, and not mesh for lifting up the whole bladder, the fda has stated there are no problems with the small amount of mesh used just for incontinence. ...Read more

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Is holding the urine as long as possible a way to train the bladder if stress incontinence ?

Is holding the urine as long as possible a way to train the bladder if stress incontinence ?

No way: Don't do it. Kegel exercises, or squeezing a ball between your knees can often help to overcome stress urinary incontinence. Holding urine as long as possible will probably make you wet more and make you more prone to getting a uti. ...Read more

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Is a c-section a better alternative for women with an overactive bladder? No incontinence, just overactive.

Is a c-section a better alternative for women with an overactive bladder? No incontinence, just overactive.

No: No advantages to a csection for oab. Oab is common in pregnancy since the baby is shrinking bladder capacity and making your kidneys filter more blood and make more pee. After you deliver, if symptoms persist, see a urologist. ...Read more

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What other options would i have for stress incontinence since the bladder sling didn't work for me? It actually made it worse

Urogynecologist: Generally sling procedures are very effective in treating stress incontinence. Assuming simple measures such as Kegal excercises haven't been effective, you should seek evaluation by a certified Urogynecologist and have a complete work up including a urodynamic study. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy 21 years ago and am now having bladder thickening and massive pain and 3 to 4 uti a year plus incontinence ?

I had a hysterectomy 21 years ago and am now  having bladder thickening and massive pain and 3 to 4 uti  a year plus incontinence
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Question?: If you are asking whether the hysterectomy caused these changes the answer is that it is unlikely. Without, however, knowing exactly what is going on clinically it is impossible to say what the cause or approach to therapy should be. A good urologist would be able to help answer any of these questions. ...Read more

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What to do if i dashed off to the bathrooms my bladder just stopped holding as soon as i so now i'm scared. Do I have stress incontinence?

Stress incontinence: Not necessarily. Stress incontinence means that you unintentionally lose urine with certain movements/ activities (running, jumping rope, coughing, sneezing, etc). See your doctor if this symptom is not resolving. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more