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Overflow Incontinence Treatments

What are the treatment options for overflow incontinence?

The treatment for overflow incontinence is complete empting of the bladder. When the bladder is allowed to cycle properly with filling and emptying on a regular basis urine loss is usually prevented. Patients with neurologic conditions, diabetic bladder, or patients with obstruction secondary to prostate disease or organ prolapse can develop this type of incontinence. Overflow incontinence due to obstruction should be treated with medication or surgery to remove the blockage. This may include resection of prostatic tissue or urethral stricture or repair of pelvic organ prolapse. If no blockage is found, the best treatment is to instruct the patient to perform self-catheterization a few times a day. By emptying the bladder regularly, the incontinence often disappears.

What can I expect after treatment?

The goal of any treatment for incontinence is to improve quality of life for the patient.  In most cases, great improvements and even cure of the symptoms is possible.  Treatments are usually effective, as long as the patient is careful with fluid intake and urinates regularly.  Large weight gain and activities that promote abdominal and pelvic straining may cause problems with surgical repair over time.  Using common sense and care will help ensure long-term benefit from these surgical procedures.

Because many of the incontinence treatments deal with implants and/or medical devices, adjustments and modifications may be required over time.  Ask your doctor about typical follow-up procedures.

 

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Information provided by the American Urological Association.