Incontinence

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Urology Of Greater Atlanta

Urologists located in Stockbridge, GA & Griffin, GA

Incontinence Specialist
Urinary incontinence is far more common and treatable than most people realize. At Urology of Greater Atlanta, located in Metro Atlanta, our top-rated urologists offer a full scope of leading-edge treatments. Make an appointment by calling our office or using the convenient online booking tool. You'll be surprised by the many new options for remedying and managing urinary incontinence.

Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?  

Urinary incontinence is the inability to control your bladder. It can range from small, occasional leaks to a large loss of urine on a regular basis. Still, others experience a constant dribble of urine because their bladder never completely empties itself.

Daily events such as sneezing, laughing, or coughing, can result in urinary leakage. In severe cases, urinary incontinence leads to isolation, with patients fearing an accident opting to stay home.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is actually a symptom rather than its own condition. It can be an indication of such underlying issues as a urinary tract infection or constipation. In women, urinary incontinence is often the result of weakened pelvic floor muscles, incurred during pregnancy, childbirth, or the decline of estrogen that accompanies menopause. For men, it may be due to an enlarged prostate.

What treatments are available for urinary incontinence?

After a urodynamic test to distinguish how and when your bladder is releasing urine and a possible cystoscopy to see how the urethra communicates with the bladder, an individualized treatment plan will be created. Possible treatments include:

  • Medication: calms an overactive bladder, improving its ability to hold more urine and empty itself completely during a single urination
    • Biofeedback: a therapy technique that helps reestablish and control pelvic muscles by electronically monitoring bladder functions
    • BOTOX® injections
    • Uroplasty: repairs an injury or defect within the walls of the urethra to reduce the urge to urinate frequently and urgently
    • Pessary: similar in design to a diaphragm, a removable device that is custom fitted to each patient to help support the pelvic floor while preventing stress leakage
    • Kegel exercises: intended to strengthen the pelvic floor
    • InTone®: a voice-guided exercise program
  • Bulking agents: to thicken the area around the urethra to control leakage
  •  Vaginal inserts
  • InterStim™: a small device implanted under the skin of one of the upper buttocks that gently stimulates the sacral nerves to facilitate proper bladder function
  • Autologous sling or synthetic sling surgery, performed with robotic assistance or open surgery

If you're suffering from urinary incontinence, consult the Urology of Greater Atlanta.

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