Urology located in Jacksonville, FL & Jacksonville Beach, FL
Millions of men and women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence. Thankfully, this embarrassing condition is treatable. The experienced urologists at Kasraeian Urology, Ahmad Kasraeian, MD, FACS, and Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS, with clinics in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, Florida, specialize in the management of incontinence in men and women and can provide the care you need so you can regain control of your bladder. For help with your urinary incontinence, call the office today.
Incontinence Q & A
What’s urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence refers to the accidental loss of urine. Both men and women can be affected by urinary incontinence, though it’s more common in women.
You’re not alone if you find your inability to control your urine an embarrassing problem. However, most problems of incontinence can be managed and/or treated successfully.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Numerous conditions can cause or contribute to the development of incontinence. Some of the most common include:
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal infections
- Pelvic muscle weakness
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Neurological disease
- Pelvic surgery
- Pregnancy and/or childbirth
- Weakness of your sphincter muscles
- Birth defects
- Spinal cord injury
Knowing the underlying cause of your incontinence can help your specialist at Kasraeian Urology determine the most effective treatment.
What are the types of urinary incontinence?
In addition to the numerous causes of urinary incontinence, there are several types of the condition. They include:
Stress urinary incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence occurs when there’s an increase in abdominal pressure caused by activities like sneezing, coughing, laughing, or getting out of a chair.
Urge urinary incontinence
Also called overactive bladder, urge urinary incontinence causes you to experience a sudden, strong urge to urinate that can result in an inability to make it to the bathroom in time.
Mixed urinary incontinence
Mixed urinary incontinence refers to a combination of stress and urge urinary incontinence.
Overflow urinary incontinence
Overflow urinary incontinence occurs when you’re unable to fully empty your bladder, leading to urinary frequency and dribbling.
How’s incontinence diagnosed?
Your specialist at Kasraeian Urology does a comprehensive exam when you come in with concerns about incontinence to determine the cause and type.
In addition to a review of your symptoms and a physical exam, your specialist can also do diagnostic testing, such as a renal ultrasound or abdominal CT scan. A cystoscopy and urodynamic study could also be completed.
What treatment can improve my urinary incontinence?
Treatment for your urinary incontinence is individualized and based on the underlying cause of your loss of bladder control, the type of incontinence you have, your symptoms, and your medical history. Your treatment can include:
- Behavior modification
- Physical therapy
- Using a bulking agent or urethral sling
The specialists at Kasraeian Urology also offer neuromodulation to help improve communication between your bladder and brain for better urinary control.
Don’t let urinary incontinence dictate your life. Help is available. Call Kasraeian Urology today to learn all your treatment options.