Incontinence Treatment Overview
Incontinence is the loss of control over one’s bladder or bowels that results in the loss of urine, gas, or stool. An estimated one out of three women will experience incontinence during their lifetime. Incontinence can make daily life difficult, altering a patient’s ability to leave their home for fear of an embarrassing accident. Even minor cases, such as not being able to jump or run due to urinary leakage, can be frustrating. Loss of bowel or bladder control can be devastating and many women falsely believe that they simply have to live with this condition. If you’ve experienced either urinary or fecal incontinence, contact North Dallas Urogynecology in Frisco, TX (also serving Plano, Allen & McKinney) to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aimee Nguyen. There are treatment options available so that you can return to living a full and active life.
Incontinence Treatment Reviews
"Dr. Nguyen was personable & concerned with my case & very professional & knowledgeable from start to finish. Her diagnosis, in office surgical treatment including follow-up was textbook perfect! I feel better, healthier, and more confident than I have in years. No more worries about leaks or accidents. I am very thankful for her."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Mar 02, 2016
"Dr. Nguyen and her staff are excellent, very informative and professional throughout the process of testing and surgery. I always felt that I was in the most capable hands. Dr. Nguyen is highly respected among her peers and I can see why. Her staff is friendly and professional, especially during testing!! Thank you all for the care you give to women every day!"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Mar 16, 2016
"Thank you to all the staff members here in the office and also the hospital. My experience was one of real comfort from all who took care of me. I would definitely recommend Dr. Aimee Nguyen as a surgeon with complete compassion and knowledge for all I have been through. Thank you once again, C.W."- C.W. / Office Visit / Mar 23, 2016
"Dr. Nguyen and her staff are excellent, very informative and professional throughout the process of testing and surgery. I always felt I was in the most capable hands. Dr. Nguyen is highly respected among her peers and I can see why. Her staff is friendly and professional, especially during testing! Thank you all for the care you give to women every day!"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Mar 16, 2016
"Thank you to Dr. Nguyen and her caring staff."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Mar 31, 2016
Incontinence Treatment Symptoms
There are two common forms of incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. With stress incontinence, you might experience urine leakage when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or exercise. A patient experiencing urge incontinence feels a sudden and urgent need to urinate, but is often not able to make it to the bathroom on time. Less common are overflow and functional incontinence. Overflow incontinence is a term given for patients that have a frequent or constant leakage. Functional incontinence occurs when a person cannot reach the bathroom in time due to physical impairment.
Incontinence Treatment Causes
Incontinence strikes women of all ages, and affects 6.5 million Americans. The causes of incontinence include:
- Pregnancy and/or Childbirth
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Obstruction (Blockage in the Urinary Tract)
- Medical Conditions (Cancer or Neurological Disorders)
- Chronic Cough
- Urinary Tract Infections
Commonly known as pelvic floor exercises, Kegels are very effective if done correctly for strengthening the muscles that support your pelvic organs to relieve urinary and fecal incontinence. Kegel exercises involve contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. The more these moves are performed, the stronger the muscles get.
Very similar to a diaphragm and fitted by the doctor, this removable device is worn in the vagina to support the bladder, rectum, or uterus as necessary and to relieve the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. Dr. Nguyen will fit and place the pessary into the vagina during an in-office appointment.
An excellent option for urge incontinence and overactive bladder is bladder training. This involves the patient urinating on a specified schedule and learning to use the pelvic muscles to suppress symptoms. As bladder control improves, the time between scheduled restroom breaks increases.
There is an extensive list of foods and beverages known to irritate the bladder. The bladder diet entails identifying these foods to help alleviate symptoms of incontinence.
Several prescription medications are available to relieve the symptoms of urinary and fecal incontinence.
Tension Free Midurethral Sling
This is the surgical placement of a small strip of synthetic mesh that is inserted through an incision in the vagina and placed beneath the urethra to treat stress incontinence. This is an outpatient procedure that can be done under local or general anesthesia. The Midurethral Sling has a great success rate and is effective in helping to control urine loss associated with activity.
This is an FDA-approved treatment for urinary incontinence. The InterStim is a small device that is implanted under the skin of one of the upper buttocks. It works by gently stimulating the sacral nerves to help treat bladder symptoms. This is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia.
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Incontinence Treatment Treatment
During the initial consultation with Dr. Nguyen, numerous tests will be performed, as well as a complete physical examination so that a proper diagnosis can be made. With a proper diagnosis, urinary and fecal incontinence can be controlled through nonsurgical and surgical treatments. Nonsurgical treatments include:
Incontinence is usually associated with the elderly, but it can happen to males and females of all ages. Incontinence is one of the top reasons seniors are put in assisted living centers, but treatment can improve the quality of life for the patient and caregiver. For women, it is common after childbirth or after a massive weight loss.
Is Bed-Wetting Related?
Bed-wetting or leaking urine while sleeping can be a sign of incontinence and other problems in adults and children. A consultation with Dr. Nguyen can help determine the cause of bed-wetting and an appropriate treatment approach
Certain lifestyle changes can minimize problems with incontinence. Some of these include:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Do not smoke
- Avoid caffeine
- Limit alcohol
- Avoid acidic foods
- Do not try to hold the urge to urinate or have a bowel movement
- Ensure easy access to bathroom at home
- Stay active to avoid functional incontinence