No One Should Have to Suffer from Incontinence
Incontinence is a term typically associated with the elderly. Uncontrollable urine leakage, or incontinence, can actually be a problem for women of any age. Men do experience incontinence, but it affects women in greater numbers. The daily dealings with incontinence can be a hassle for obvious reason, especially if one is not prepared. Our medical team: Dr. Henry Ramirez, Lacy Westfall CNP, Susan Bezner CNP, Lacy Westfall RN and Holly Tynes RN, are ready to consult with you to find the source of your incontinence and develop a treatment plan.
Incontinence Treatment Options
Treatment options for incontinence currently available at Southern Oklahoma Women Health include the the latest and most up-to-date options to reduce or eliminate urinary incontinence. Treatments plans include:
- Sacral Nerve Modulation
- BOTOX injections into the bladder
- Post-Tibial Nerve Modulation
How does the bladder work?
A balloon-like organ, the function of the bladder is to hold and release urine. Pelvic muscles hold the bladder in position. The urethra transports urine from the kidneys to the bladder. A sphincter muscle keeps the bladder closed by contracting, and when you urinate the sphincter relaxes. Incontinence manifests from a variety of triggers including pregnancy/post-pregnancy, menopause, long-term and strenuous activity or an underlying medical condition.
The actual, physical source of the problem may be hormonal, nerve or muscle related. The sphincter, pelvic floor or bladder muscle could have weakened or not be functioning properly. Factors such as weight, alcohol, prescriptions, caffeine or even a urinary tract infection may come into play.
In an exam at Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health, we will determine what category of incontinence you have:
- Overactive bladder—the need to urinate frequently. You may have overactive bladder if you urinate more than eight times per day and twice in the evening.
- Temporary incontinence—created by a temporary medical condition. Treat the condition and the urine leakage will cease.
- Urge incontinence—sudden urge of urination caused a leakage of urine.
- Stress incontinence—caused when physical exertion is applied such as jumping on a trampoline, running or even sneezing.
- Functional incontinence—difficulty making it the bathroom in time due to a physical handicap.
- Mixed incontinence—both stress and urge incontinence affect patient.
When visiting the office regarding a problem with incontinence, you can expect a physical exam, urine sample and bladder function test. At Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health, we are here to help you find the correct treatment plan for your specific incontinence issues.