INCONTINENCE TREATMENT OPTIONS
Once a diagnosis is made, your physician at The Modern Woman will work carefully with you to determine the best treatment option based on your age, extent of symptoms, and lifestyle.
STRESS INCONTINENCE TREATMENT
FDA-cleared Votiva, performed with a vaginal wand (non-surgical). There is no downtime. Expect only a 30 min treatment in the office, then go about your day normally.
Pelvic floor therapy (also known as Kegel exercises)
pelvic floor exercises can be very effective in reducing the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Your physician will walk you through how to perform these
exercises, which work the muscles involved in urination to help you regain control over your bladder.
Advancements in medical technology and surgical techniques have empowered physicians and patients with highly effective, minimally invasive
surgical treatments for incontinence. While it is usually recommended to try non-surgical treatment for incontinence first, surgical treatment for
incontinence is arguably the most effective treatment option for women of all ages. Surgical options for treating incontinence offered at The Modern
Woman include retro pubic urethral sling, with transobturator tape, and electrical stimulation.
A plastic device called a “pessary” can be fitted for an individual with incontinence in order to add extra support to prolapsed pelvic organs. Pessaries
should be hardly noticeable when fitted properly, and women with pessaries should have no problem urinating or passing bowel movements normally.
This treatment option is chosen most often as an alternative to surgery or as a delay to surgery.
URGE INCONTINENCE TREATMENT
Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS)
Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimuation (PTNS) is a low-risk, non-surgical treatment. PTNS works by indirectly providing electrical stimulation to the nerves responsible for bladder and pelvic floor function. PTNS is an in-office treatment with no downtime.
Training and retraining the bladder to hold more urine is often the first treatment recommended to patients living with urge incontinence. The process
of training the bladder may include keeping a fluid intake/voiding record, scheduling regular times to use the bathroom, and increasing the intervals
between bathroom uses over time.
Foods and drinks that contain caffeine, alcohol, large amounts sugar, artificial sweeteners, and acidic fruits are examples of bladder irritants that may
increase one’s need to urinate. The effects of bladder irritants vary from person to person. Your healthcare provider can help you determine which
dietary changes will work best for you. Increasing the intake dietary fiber can also provide substantial benefit to one’s urinary function.
In some cases, your physician may prescribe medications to treat urge incontinence. Medications alone can help, but patients achieve the best results
when combining their medicinal treatment with dietary modifications and other treatments.
Learn more by making an appointment with The Modern Woman providers