Urinary problems are distressing and often embarrassing for the adult man and woman. An infection of the bladder and urinary tract often leads to discomfort and the need for frequent, painful urination. In men, enlargement of the prostate can also cause frequent urination with difficulty in starting and leakage. In women, escape of urine (incontinence) is a common urinary problem, which possesses a variety of causes.
Frequent symptoms of a urinary problem include:
- Burning with urination – the most common symptom of a urinary tract infection
- Frequent urge to urinate without the ability to pass a desired amount of urine (frequency).
- Urgent need to urinate (urgency).
- Feeling of incompletely emptying of your bladder.
- Blood in the urine (hematuria). Your urine may look red, brown, or pink. Blood in the urine may occur after exercise, such as running or bicycling.
- Leaking urine (incontinence).
It is estimated that approximately 10 to 20 million people (10-35% of the U.S. population) are suffering from urinary incontinence. Nearly 50 percent of the institutionalized elderly are incontinent.
About half of incontinent patients do not alert their physician or family members of their problem. Most of these individuals assume nothing can be done for incontinence or feel that leakage is a normal part of aging.
Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine from the bladder. It is important to remember that not all incontinence is the same. There are several types of incontinence: stress, urge, mixed, overflow and functional incontinence.
Evaluation of the incontinent patient focuses on categorizing the type of incontinence being experienced. With this understanding, specific therapy can be recommended that is individualized to each patient.
If you are struggling with incontinence, it does not have to become a way of life for you. There are exercises you can do, and the latest surgical procedures can virtually “cure” this embarrassing problem. These surgical procedures include collagen injections and the transvaginal sling procedure.
Correct diagnosis of the type of incontinence is the first and most important step in developing an appropriate and effective treatment plan for incontinence.
A cystometrogram is a test to check your bladder pressure. This simple procedure is performed in the Urodynamic Suite at Starkville Urology. Click here for more information about this procedure.
InterStim® Therapy may help you regain control of your bladder and get back to the activities you enjoy. Learn more about this procedure by clicking here.