Leaking and Incontinence
Women can develop urinary incontinence, the inability to control urination, as a result of childbirth, surgery or an abdominal injury or trauma. While incontinence and urinary leaking is embarrassing at best, in the worst cases, it can be completely debilitating and significantly impair a woman’s quality of life.
In the U.S., about one in every four women between the ages of 30 and 59 is currently living with urinary incontinence. Approximately 35 percent of women over 65 years old also struggles with this condition.
To help women overcome incontinence, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Center for Urogynecology provides access to various specialists with experience in effectively and compassionately treating urinary incontinence.
Diagnosing Urinary Incontinence
Before we can begin treatment, our experts will need to determine the cause and severity of a woman's urinary incontinence. To this end, our thorough diagnostic procedures start by compiling a woman's complete personal medical history and performing a physical exam.
Subsequently, our experienced doctors will conduct a series of complex tests, which may include a(n):
- Electrophysiology to evaluate the responsiveness and function of pelvic muscles and nerves
- Urodynamics test to measure the bladder's ability to store and expel urine
- Diagnostic urethrocystoscopy to create a detailed image of the bladder and urethra
- MRI to determine whether other physical issues are contributing to a woman's incontinence
Our Treatments for Urinary Incontinence & Leaking
Following a comprehensive diagnosis, our staff will develop a unique treatment plan that is tailored to each woman's specific needs and the severity of her condition. Women with milder cases of urinary incontinence will likely be prescribed non-surgical treatments, which can include but are not limited to:
- Biofeedback and electrical stimulation to rehabilitate damaged pelvic nerves and muscles
- Collagen, botox or pain medication injections
In more severe cases, women may need minimally invasive surgery, a procedure in which cutting-edge technologies reduce the number and size of incisions made during surgery toward speeding a woman’s recovery, minimizing pain and side effects and enhancing surgical precision and overall outcomes. Minimally invasive surgery for urinary incontinence typically involves implanting mini-slings in the pelvic region to improve bladder control.
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