Female Urinary Incontinence Treatment in Lake Charles
Board-certified urologist, Dr. Siddiq and the staff at Advanced Urology are committed to providing the best-in-class urology care to patients in Southwest Louisiana and beyond. Dr. Siddiq will help determine if you are suffering from urinary incontinence and discover the best treatment option for you. For more information, please contact our offices at (337) 480-7499 and request an appointment today!
What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a condition where there is loss of control in managing the flow of urine from your body.
Approximately 17 million women in the U.S. encounter urinary incontinence in their lifetime. This condition can occur in women between the ages of 18 and 60 and beyond and is usually a result of the urethra not being closed tightly to keep urine in the bladder.
What Are the Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence?
Symptoms vary from:
- an inability to prevent leaking urine when exercising or other involuntary actions such as coughing or sneezing
- an overwhelming urge to urinate that often causes them to urinate before getting to a bathroom.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can be caused by a range of different issues. Because of this, incontinence can be categorized in one of the following seven ways:
- Urge Incontinence
- Stress Incontinence
- Overflow Incontinence
- Mixed Incontinence
- Functional Incontinence
- Transient Incontinence
- Total Incontinence
Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence in Sulphur and Lake Charles
Behavior modification is used to train one’s bladder and sphincter muscles by decreasing fluid intake and by prompting or scheduling voiding.
CalledKegel exercises, these exercises commonly are intended to strengthen weak muscles surrounding the bladder.
Basically these are pads undergarments designed to absorb leaked urine.
These tubes are inserted into the urethra to collect urine into an external drainage bag. These are generally left in place 24 hours a day.
Called a Pessary, this device is designed to apply pressure to help reposition the urethra permitting it to close tightly. It features a stiff ring that is inserted into the vagina to exert pressure press against the wall of the vagina and urethra.
Bulking agents such as collagen are injected directly into the urethral lining to firm and bulk up the urethral lining so that the urethra can close more tightly.
There are a number of medications to treat incontinence caused by urge to continually void. Where incontinence is stress related, there are no medications for to treat this. For incontinence caused by a combination of both urge and stress, drug therapy may be helpful in treating the urge component.
There are a number of surgical approaches to strengthen, support, elevate and/or restore the urethra and bladder. These are employed when other treatments are not working and include:
- Retropubic Suspensions. Surgical procedures (Burch procedure) intended to restore the urethra and neck of the bladder to a higher anatomical position.
- Slings. Procedures used to treat that treats hypermobility in which a sling is used to support the urethra when there is increased abdominal pressure.
- Bone-fixed slings – treat incontinence by supporting the urethra with a graft material attached to the pubic bone.
- Self-fixated slings – can be used to support the urethra and are secured in place by friction and tissue ingrowth, and require no sutures or screws.
Schedule an Appointment for Female Urinary Incontinence Treatment
At Advanced Urology, Dr. Siddiq specializes in providing comprehensive treatment for women suffering from urinary incontinence in Lake Charles & Sulphur, LA. Dr. Siddiq will take the time to help discover the best treatment option for you. For more information about female urinary incontinence call our office at (337) 480-7499 and request an appointment with Dr. Siddiq today!