Urinary incontinence is a common condition in women.
13- 25 million Americans are incontinent- 85% of them are
women. Women with urinary incontinence typically wait almost
7 years before seeking medical help. Leaking urine is
not a normal part of aging- it is a treatable medical
condition. Here at Houston Metro Urology we specialize
in the treatment of this problem. Our patients undergo evaluation
in our state of the art
voiding dysfunction center.
There are several types of urinary incontinence. The
two major types are stress urinary incontinence and urge
Leakage of urine with activity (coughing, laughing straining).
Physical changes from pregnancy, childbirth and menopause
often cause stress incontinence. Other risk factors include
obesity, family history, connective tissue abnormalities,
chronic disease and smoking.
- Non surgical therapy (pelvic floor rehabilitation,
- Minor Surgical treatments (sling placement, bulking
Leakage of urine that is associated with an uncontrollable
urge to urinate. Urinary leakage often occurs with triggers
such as returning home, touching or hearing water, cold
weather and so forth. This leakage is caused by bladder
- Restricting fluid intake
- Behavioral techniques (scheduled voiding, bladder
- Pelvic floor rehabilitation
- Tibial nerve stimulation (Urgent PC)
- Bladder Botox injections
- Interstim placement ("pacemaker to the bladder")
This condition describes the frequent and urgent need
urinate. Patients with this condition find themselves running
to the restroom very frequently. They often have the sudden
urge to urinate that occurs without warning. This condition
can be caused by bladder spasm or by increased sensation
in the bladder. It is treated similarly to urge incontinence.