Don’t Let Urinary Incontinence or Bladder Control Issues Control Your Life.
Over 13 million people suffer from urinary incontinence or bladder control problems. However, only half of these people ever seek any form of treatment. At Collin County Urology, our Urologists, Michael G. Wierschem, M.D., and Huong Hegde, M.D., offer multiple treatment options that are safe and effective. These options range from medical to surgical and even behavioral. If you are looking for treatment for your urinary incontinence contact our offices in Plano, TX and McKinney, TX, or call (972) 403-5425.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Many factors are responsible for the loss of bladder control. These include:
- prior hysterectomy
- pelvic surgery
- certain medication use
- tobacco use
In men, the prostate is usually responsible for bladder control problems. BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), chronic prostatitis or even prostate cancer may be the source.
Who is at risk?
The loss of bladder control is a very common problem among both men and women. In fact, over 13 million people suffer from some form of this condition. Although symptoms can present at any age, they are more common in patients older than 40 years and tend to worsen with age.
What are the symptoms of Bladder Control issues?
In women, typical symptoms include:
- urinary frequency and urgency
- waking at night to urinate
- inability to reach the bathroom in time resulting in the loss of urine
- leakage of urine with cough/sneeze/laugh/exercise
- constant dribbling
- recurring urinary tract infections
- lower abdominal pain and pressure and even a “dropped” bladder.
How is Incontinence diagnosed?
The evaluation includes a thorough history, physical exam and urine study. Sometimes blood work or x-rays may be indicated to check for kidney stones, diabetes, prostate disease or other medical conditions that may be contributing to the problem.
On occasion, your urologist may conduct a particular study called Urodynamics. This sophisticated study gives information on the function of the bladder. It is a 30-minute study performed in the office and provides valuable information to the physician.
What are the treatment options for urinary incontinence?
Many options exist for the treatment of problems with bladder control. If the symptoms consist mainly of frequency and urgency, medications and behavior modification techniques are the treatments of choice. Multiple medication options exist, and you and you urologist will select the appropriate one for your case.
For symptoms of stress incontinence (leakage of urine with cough/sneeze/laugh/exercise) surgical procedures are the treatment of choice. These options are extremely effective with over 90% success and excellent long term results. These surgeries are typically outpatient procedures and do not require an abdominal incision or catheter in the majority of cases. We strive to stay on the cutting edge of surgical technology for this condition as it is continually changing.