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How is urinary incontinence fully treated?

How is urinary incontinence fully treated?

Depends: Depends on the cause and type of incontinence. I recommend further evaluation by urologist, urogynecologist, gynecologist or primary physician. There are many non surgical and surgical options. In addition can consider pelvic physical therapy. Once again, this all depends on type and cause of incontinence and it should be evaluated further. www.voicesforpfd.org ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Beard
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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


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Can urinary incontinence be totally cured?

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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have urinary incontinence?

How to know if I have urinary incontinence?

Leaking Urine: Incontinence is the leakage of urine. Sometimes one can't tell the difference between sweat, urine, or vaginal discharge. An easy test is to use over the counter AZO that dyes urine orange. Take for 24 hours and evaluate pads. Though vaginal secretions can stain orange, urine will be a more distinct orange color. Consider discussing further with primary doctor, OB/gyn,urogyn. or urologist ...Read more

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What exactly is urinary incontinence in women?

Urine leakage: Urinary incontinence (ui) is the unintended loss of urine or urine leakage. The most common types of ui in women are stress (sui) and urge incontinence (uui). Sui is leakage associated w/ physical stress on the bladder, such as cough, sneeze, jump, lifting & causes are weak ligaments and muscles around the bladder opening. Uui occurs with an urge & leakage starts before one is seated on toilet. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for urinary incontinence?

Is there a cure for urinary incontinence?

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. ...Read more

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What's the remedy for urinary incontinence?

What's the remedy for urinary incontinence?

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. ...Read more

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What are my options for urinary incontinence surgeries?

What are my options for urinary incontinence surgeries?

Urethral sling: There are several outpatient surgeries that can be done to correct urinary incontinence. The most common is a midurethral sling. There are a variety of techniques and your surgeon likely has one he or she prefers.These can be done through small incisions with minimal recovery. Discuss with your obgyn, urologist or urogynecologist. ...Read more

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What are the risks of urinary incontinence surgeries?

Also depends: Risk of any surgery depends on age and other health conditions. Older and more health issues, higher the risk of heart attack, stroke and even death. With incontinence surgery, specifically, injury to bladder, ureter, bowel and blood vessels. Infection, blood transfusion, though rare. Urine retention, "can't pee". These are a few, the consent form is a full page, small print. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage cause urinary incontinence?

Can nerve damage cause urinary incontinence?

Yes: Most specialists agree that damage to the muscles in your pelvis, many times from vaginal childbirth, can cause nerve and muscle damage which, with time, can lead to urinary incontinence. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
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Leaking Urine (Definition)

Urinary (or bladder) incontinence is when you are not able to keep urine from leaking from your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body from your bladder. This is common late in pregnancy when the baby is large and pressing ...Read more


Dr. James Dukelow
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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more