Nearly 15 million women in the United States suffer from some form of urinary incontinence, a condition that causes embarrassing urine leaks that are hard to control and can become progressively worse. At Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding in Redding, California, we offer innovative treatment options to alleviate the symptoms of incontinence and surgically repair the muscles responsible for preventing urine leaks. To learn more about treatment options for urinary incontinence, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
Urinary incontinence is a common condition where you lose control of your bladder. Incontinence can affect anyone, but it frequently happens to women following childbirth. In the years before and after menopause, your estrogen levels drop and cause a decline in the health of the lining of your bladder and urethra that results in incontinence.
Incontinence can be an embarrassing problem, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Often, people with incontinence experience regular disruptions in their daily life, having to visit the bathroom frequently and requiring the use of absorbent pads.
Besides the embarrassment and inconvenience, urinary leaks can create in your personal life; they may also lead to other medical conditions, such as skin rashes and frequent urinary tract infections.
Urine leakage can be the result of weakened or stretched muscles responsible for keeping your bladder closed. If you suffer from stress incontinence, you may leak urine when you cough, sneeze, or laugh.
Incontinence can also be due to overactivity in the bladder muscles. With overactive muscles, you may feel a persistent need to use the bathroom, even when your bladder isn’t full. This condition is known as urge incontinence or overactive bladder.
Dr. Mooney is a fellowship-trained urogynecologist, specializing in incontinence issues. He may initially recommend bladder training and pelvic floor exercises to improve your bladder functionality. Prescription medications to relax bladder muscles and calm an overactive bladder may also be part of your treatment.
For severe incontinence issues, Dr. Mooney may suggest a surgical intervention to improve the structure of the muscles that support your bladder. Using synthetic materials or your skin tissue, he creates a sling around your urethra to keep it closed and stop stress incontinence symptoms.
He may also recommend prolapse surgery if your bladder has fallen into your vaginal canal. During this surgery, Dr. Mooney repositions your bladder and uses a sling to stabilize it and prevent incontinence issues.
If you’re suffering from incontinence, book a consultation online or by phone to learn more about your treatment options.