Urinary incontinence is common, and many treatment options are available from Dr. Robert Gregory Owens at Advanced Pelvic Surgery, the premier pelvic floor rehab center in Southern Ohio. Dr. Owens has a personable bedside manner and extensive experience helping women overcome urinary incontinence, taking a practical, individualized approach that features functional therapies, medication, and minimally invasive surgery. To learn more about incontinence treatment from a caring professional who’s double board-certified in OB/GYN and female pelvic medicine and surgery, call the office in West Chester, Ohio or book an appointment online today.
Urinary incontinence occurs when you unintentionally release urine. You may develop temporary incontinence due to a urinary tract infection, but ongoing incontinence is usually caused by weak pelvic floor muscles or a problem with the nerves controlling your bladder.
Several factors can contribute to incontinence, including:
There are four primary types of incontinence:
Also called overactive bladder, urge incontinence makes you leak urine when you have a sudden and strong urge to urinate, and your bladder muscles contract before you get to the bathroom.
You leak urine when abdominal pressure increases, such as when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or pick up a heavy object. Leakage occurs when muscles that control the bladder and urethra -- the tube carrying urine from the bladder out of your body -- weaken, or when urethral tissues degenerate due to loss of estrogen.
This type of incontinence develops when your bladder doesn’t empty completely, so it quickly gets too full. As a result, the extra urine leaks to prevent overdistention.
Men and women with functional incontinence have physical or mental reasons for why they can’t get to the bathroom in time to urinate.
Dr. Owens listens to your concerns then determines whether to conduct urodynamic studies. These tests evaluate how well your bladder stores and releases urine and test muscle function in the urethra.
After identifying the underlying cause of your incontinence, he recommends the best treatment options. Your treatment may include:
Pelvic floor physical therapy includes many therapies, such as exercises and electrical stimulation to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and therapeutic ultrasound to improve tissue flexibility and restore tissues.
If you struggle with urinary incontinence, book an appointment online or call the caring team at Advanced Pelvic Surgery, where you can count on Dr. Owens, who has practiced urogynecology in Cincinnati for more than 20 years.