Urge incontinence occurs when someone cannot delay the bladder’s message to empty. When this type of incontinence occurs, the person often experiences “the urge” and often the individual cannot make it to the restroom on time.
Patients Suffering from Stress Incontinenece May Experience
Difficulty maintaining urine on the way to the bathroom
Getting up frequently to urinate
Feeling of a weak bladder, small bladder or painful bladder
Frequent urge to urinate, frequent urination, bedwetting, bladder spasm
“Gotta go now” sensation (urgency)
“Gotta go now” with leakage (urge incontinence).
“Gotta go often” (frequency).
Going often during the night (nocturia).
Nonsurgical Treatments for Urge Incontinence
Research supports the recommendation of weight loss and lifestyle changes to improve urge incontinence. Limiting alcohol, caffeine, and bladder irritants has shown to decrease urinary urgency, frequency, and urge incontinence. Bladder retraining and pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation therapy is also effective in the first line therapy for urge incontinence.
InTone Pelvic Floor Therapy and Rehabilitation
Pelvic floor therapy with InTone is a non-surgical approach to improve the function and strength of the pelvic floor muscles as well as treat urge incontinence. InTone is the first medical device that combines muscle stimulation and patient-directed exercises with visual biofeedback into a single device specifically designed strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor while calming spasms of the bladder. InTone is designed to calm the overactivity of the bladder nerves and treat urinary urgency, frequency, and bladder leakage.
Bladder relaxant medications can treat bladder spasms and decrease the over activity of the bladder muscle. Using a collaborative approach including the use of medications for urge incontinence can be an effective treatment option for women with urine leakage.
Interstim therapy is a treatment option for urinary urgency, frequency, and urge incontinence. It is a minimally invasive treatment option allowing for long term bladder control.
What is Interstim?
InterStim Therapy works with the pelvic nerves located near the tailbone. The sacral nerves control your bladder and the muscles related to urinary function. There are many situations where the pelvic nerves become dysfunctional and/or over stimulated. If the brain and sacral nerves don’t communicate properly the nerves cannot tell the bladder to function properly which can lead to bladder control problems. InterStim Therapy targets this communication problem by modulating the nerves with mild stimulation.
It has been Dr. Keri Sweeten’s professional experience that most patients overlook these issues as a result of certain myths: normal part of aging, little can be done, treatment is invasive or there is a high failure rate. Don’t keep putting it off. The facts are what most women today don’t realize is that most types of incontinence are both treatable and preventable. There are current, safe and effective minimally invasive procedures that can help you control this condition, stay active and be confident. Talk to Dr. Sweeten today about your symptoms. There are choices and hope for relief. Dr Keri Sweeten and her staff are compassionate about helping, committed to the treatment of incontinence offering state of the art diagnostics and possessing specialized and current training that few others in Arizona do.
For further information regarding any procedure, or to confidentially speak to one of our qualified personnel, please contact us at 602.393.0661.