Urinary incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

Are you suffering from accidental, involuntary flow of urine from your body? While this issue can be embarrassing, it’s very common and can be treated.

Symptoms

Urinary incontinence can affect patients differently. You may be experiencing loss of bladder control, a sudden urge to urinate or an overactive bladder. There are three main types of incontinence:

  • Stress urinary incontinence usually occurs due to weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles. This could be as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, previous pelvic surgery, aging or obesity. You may experience loss of bladder control when you place stress on your bladder, especially when coughing, sneezing, lifting heavy things or laughing.
  • Urge incontinence is the consequence of overactive muscles that contract too often around the bladder. You may feel a sudden, intense urge to urinate.
  • Mixed incontinence can include a combination of the symptoms above.

If the symptoms begin to affect your daily activities, it’s time to seek help from an expert.

Treatments

Dr Omar Gailani is committed to understanding the cause of your incontinence and will provide treatment options. Initial tests will help him determine the treatment most suitable for you.

  • From time to time women with incontinence may rely on sanitary pads to help with accidental leakage. Patients can also sometimes benefit from pelvic floor muscle training or prompted urinating. Another effective treatment option is a urethral sling.
  • The urethral sling is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that has a low risk of tissue injury and bleeding. The mini-sling functions as a rest for your urethra to help keep it closed. The urethral sling is easy to implant, is minimally invasive and can also be inserted under local anaesthesia. Small incisions are made into the vagina, the abdomen or where the top of your thigh meets your pelvic area. The treatment ensures enhanced patient recovery and allows for return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks of procedure.
  • BOTOX® can be an affective solution to eliminate or reduce overactive bladder symptoms if other medical treatments were not successful. BOTOX®, a natural, purified protein has the ability to relax muscles. The treatment helps to reduce bladder contractions, the occurrence of urine leakage and the feeling of needing to urinate. BOTOX® treatment can be done in the comfort and privacy of Dr Gailani’s treatment rooms with no need for general anesthetics.
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