There are many ways to treat and control incontinence that may or may not involve surgery. What is the most important issue in deciding on how to treat your incontinence is to find out what kind of incontinence you have. I highly recommend that you see a urologist for a full work-up to fully evaluate you and the type of incontinence you may have. Many people don’t need surgery to improve or treat their incontinence. If you are found to have motor urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder, then surgery is not indicated for treatment, and it is often treated with behavioral modification or medication (although each instance needs to be confirmed with your urologist).
If you are found to have stress incontinence, there also are many behavioral modifications options, and pelvic floor exercises that can be done before surgery may be indicated. For a more in-depth description of options that are available, please see my archived blog on this site, where I have reviewed different treatment options for stress incontinence. I again emphasize the importance of being evaluated by a urologist to make sure there isn’t anything more serious going on causing your symptoms, and to confirm that you are being appropriately treated for the symptoms that you have.
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Published On: October 17, 2006