Urinary (and fecal) incontinence is a health condition that affects millions of men and women in the United States, and many treatment options are available that can help you overcome the embarrassing effects of incontinence. Book your appointment online, or call and schedule a consultation with Dr. John Macey if you have questions about incontinence and the treatment options that may be available to you. Located in Nashville, his office serves women throughout the mid-central Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky area.
Incontinence can be the result of various things the body endures over time. The aging process can weaken the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the bladder, causing it to lose its ability to function efficiently. Gaining an excessive amount of weight is also a possible cause.
Other frequent causes of incontinence include multiple pregnancies and surgical procedures that tend to impair the tissues. The excessive amount of trauma to the tissues can result in scar tissues that weaken specific areas of the pelvis. As you age and the tissues lose collagen, they fail to support the bladder and other internal organs, resulting in prolapses and mild to moderate incontinence.
Fecal incontinence can result from obstetric trauma leading to anal sphincter insufficiency, neurologic dysfunction, and hyperactive colon.
If you begin to experience mild to moderate incontinence, there are several things you can do. Kegel exercises involve repeatedly stopping and starting the flow of urine. That strengthens the muscles, which allow you to control when you use the bathroom.
Dr. Macey can use laser procedures to rejuvenate the tissues that support the bladder and strengthen the muscles that control the flow of urine as you go to the bathroom.
Stress incontinence can usually be cured with an outpatient surgical procedure, while urge incontinence might respond to medication or neuostimulation.
Incontinence is a common part of the aging process. While you can attempt to keep the muscles and tissues that involve the flow of urine strong and healthy, there may be little you can do to prevent small bladder leaks.
Since pregnancies and surgical procedures can add to the deterioration of the tissues, it's important to allow yourself to heal after each event. Doing so reduces your risk of further damaging the already compromised tissues.
If you have questions concerning incontinence, Dr. Macey encourages you to call his office to schedule a consultation. He offers you insight as to why the leaks occur, and the treatment options that are available to help prevent them.
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*Individual results vary