Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common condition that causes bladder control deprivation, while there are no serious health risks associated with UI it can cause embarrassment in one’s everyday life. Muscles become weak over time and can no longer seal the urethra causing involuntary urination, often while sneezing or during physical activities.
Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence may also cause the following complications:
- Very strong desire to urinate
- Pressure in the pelvis
- Constant Urinating
- Nocturia (desire to urinate during sleep)
- Discomfort and pain during urination
Types of Urinary Incontinence
Urge Incontinence: The most common form of urinary incontinence, when the wall muscle of the bladder becomes overactive causing leakage.
Stress Incontinence: Leakage that occurs after physical activities and bodily functions that cause pressure such as coughing, sneezing, and even laughing.
Overflow Incontinence: The most uncommon form of urinary incontinence, overflow incontinence is a result of a long duration of inactivity in the bladder, which causes the bladder to empty improperly due to weakness in the bladder muscle.
Treatment of Urinary Incontinence
There are several treatment options available for UI, depending on the severity of the condition. Moderate treatments are generally effective, such as training of the bladder, avoiding beverages that cause frequent urination such as alcohol and coffee, and medications that prevent muscle spasms.
For more severe cases, the suburethral sling procedure may be performed.
Suburethral Sling Procedure
The suburethral sling procedure is typically performed as open surgery under general anesthesia.
In the male sling procedure, synthetic mesh-like surgical tape is positioned around part of the urethral bulb, slightly compressing the urethra and moving it into a new position. This provides the patient with long-term results for urinary incontinence.
To find out more about the suburethral sling for urinary incontinence, call us today to schedule your appointment. You don’t have to live with this condition anymore – the results you deserve are just a few steps away!