What is Urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a common disorder that can affect bladder control and disrupt daily life. It is a condition that causes urine to be involuntarily leaked and can occur at any time but most often can occur when the pelvic area is under stress. At Beautiful Orlando in Kissimmee, FL, we provide treatment for stress urinary incontinence so that you can have a better quality of life regardless of your level of activity. Many times when urinary incontinence first occurs, one may brush it off as a non-issue or a side effect of a possible urinary tract infection or temporary problem. When it happens more often and begins to cause worry or concern, it is wise to visit a urology doctor to understand your treatment options. If you are experiencing incontinence and are ready to learn about the treatment options available to you, please call Beautiful Orlando, and schedule an appointment with our board certified urologist to learn more.
Symptoms and Causes
Stress incontinence is due to the poor closure of the bladder. This creates leakage when any amount of pressure is applied to the bladder, such as when coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising. In addition, the muscles and tissues within the bladder can often be weakened by the following:
- Weight loss or excess weight
- Poor diet
- Vaginal delivery in childbirth
- After having a hysterectomy
- Physical activity that puts stress or pressure on the pelvic area
- Other medical conditions and medications
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At Beautiful Orlando, we offer a variety of options to treat the symptoms of stress incontinence, including:
Lifestyle Coaching and Changes
- Treatment plans to improve diet and nutrition
- Guidance for losing excess weight, which can help take pressure off of the bladder
- Managing fluid intake by limiting drinks in the evening for fewer bathroom trips or before certain activities to control urine leakage (such as jump roping)
- Retraining and reminding yourself to go to the bathroom before having the urge to urinate
- Performing Kegels and physical therapy exercises for the pelvic floor
- Taking prescription medications for UI symptoms
- Stimulating the nerves in the bladder area with nerve stimulation
The Diva Sciton laser treatment can be used to help strengthen the internal bladder muscles.
The Pleasure Shot
The Pleasure Shot not only can enhance your sexual life, but can also help with Urinary Incontinence. This in-office procedure uses platelet-rich plasma from your own blood and is then re-injected. This is an all-natural, non-surgical, very safe and virtually painless procedure. Women who have had the Pleasure Shot report a dramatic decrease in their urinary incontinence symptoms.
A pessary is a prosthetic device that can be inserted into the vagina to support its internal structure.
The last resort would be surgical intervention. Special bladder mesh slings and other treatments, such as urethral bulking-agent injections, can also be used.
Axonics Therapy Options
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections into the muscle of the urinary bladder have been found to be effective at relaxing the nerves and muscles responsible for female urinary incontinence.
During the Mid-Urethral Sling surgical procedure, a small strip of artificial mesh or tissue is placed around the urethra (the urine channel which drains the bladder) to help support the urethra.
Sacral neuromodulation therapy is a treatment for female urinary
incontinence in which a small implant is surgically implanted in the lower back to stimulate
the sacral nerves that control bladder and bowel function. The device helps women regain
control of their bladder function.
What to Expect
Depending on the type of incontinence you have and the severity of it, there are a number of treatment options that can be applied at our Kissimmee, FL office. The good news is that many times, the issue can be resolved. In fact, about 80% of people with urinary incontinence can improve their condition by following a treatment protocol. The best outcomes are usually achieved by those who sought professional help early and closely maintained treatment until their symptoms subsided or were cured.
Plan Your Procedure
Urinary incontinence is a common condition that can affect both men and women. They can range in symptoms and severity and be treated differently per individual case. We understand that incontinence can be worrisome and inconvenient for patients and cause embarrassment. At Beautiful Orlando, we can help you regain control of your bladder and decrease the amount of time you spend in the bathroom. To learn more about the treatment options available for urinary incontinence, please call our Kissimmee, FL office today to schedule your appointment.