Incontinence / Overactive Bladder / Bedwetting
Urinary incontinence (UI) is the involuntary leakage of urine or loss of
urinary control. UI occurs in men and women of every age and children,
but is more common in mature adults. We have effective treatments specifically
for women. Men generally experience frequent urination after middle-age,
which may be related to an enlarged prostate. Just because a prostate
is enlarged does not mean it is cancerous. A simple diagnostic test can
determine if cancer is present. Children experience UI for reasons that
are very different from adults and their UI may, in fact, be perfectly
normal. But it is important to diagnose your child’s condition to
determine if there is a medical abnormality that can be treated.
Symptoms may include urine leakage, frequent or painful urination, sudden
or frequent urge to urinate, difficulty beginning to urinate, problems
emptying the bladder, and / or recurrent urinary tract infections.
UI can cause considerable emotional distress and have a significant, limiting
impact on quality of life. However, it is important to understand that
millions of Americans experience UI and there are excellent treatments
that have proved very effective.
Institute urologists employ the most advanced diagnostic techniques to
determine the underlying cause of incontinence. Some types of UI can be
treated with medications or minimally invasive surgery, while other types
of UI may require more extensive surgery. For women patients who do not
respond to these approaches, we offer a scientifically advanced, high-tech
InterStim Therapy, which involves implanting a pacemaker-like device to stimulate bladder-brain
If surgery is necessary, we work with you to restore urinary control through
techniques that do not leave visible scars and are less invasive than
laparoscopic surgery. Both surgical and InterStim treatments produce excellent
Surgery is planned with a personalized combination of procedures to address
each patient’s needs. If you or your child are experiencing urinary
incontinence, please schedule a consultation with an Institute urologist.