Urinary incontinence affects millions of people of all ages. Contrary to common beliefs, it isn’t a natural part of aging and isn’t confined to women. In men, the condition can be the result of surgery for prostate surgery or prostate enlargement.
● Many people avoid normal activities because of incontinence
● Incontinence results in loss of self-esteem and can cause anxiety and depression in some people
● Urinary incontinence is costly
● Many people are embarrassed or fearful of mentioning their problem to a family member or physician
● Over 80 percent of patients can be helped or cured
● An expert evaluation and treatment will optimize the success of therapy
● Treatments can include behavior changes, medications, and pacemakers for the bladder. In men, an artificial urinary sphincter is an option.
The first step to successful treatment is accurate diagnosis. Wake Forest Baptist is one of a few in the state offering video-urodynamics. This 30-minute procedure uses a small catheter to measure pressure and volume at the same time that the bladder is x-rayed. This combination helps doctors understand the exact cause so they can prescribe the best solution.
Questions and Answers about Incontinence
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How to Know When It’s Time to Get Help: Take our Incontinence Questionnaire
Additional Resources for Information about Incontinence
Learn more about urinary incontinence from urologist Gopal Badlani, MD in the video below. A detailed 12-minute presentation on urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse is also available on this page.