Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence Specialist
Urinary incontinence can lead to embarrassment that wears on your self-confidence. You might think it’s just something you’ll have to live with, but Emery M. Salom, MD, Jonathan Black, MD, MPH, and Jacob Tangir, MD want you to know that effective treatment is available. You can rely on the specialists at The Center for Gynecologic Oncology to present the most efficient options. The Center has three convenient locations in Hollywood, Miramar, Plantation, or Hialeah, Florida. If you live in the area, call today to put the embarrassment to rest.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What causes urinary incontinence?

Stress

Many women leak when they exercise, cough, laugh, or sneeze, which put extra pressure on the bladder

Poor pelvic muscle tone

Pregnancy or being overweight puts extra pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor muscles

Urinary muscle spasm

Muscle spasms often cause overactive bladder

Nerve or muscle damage

Damage to the bladder can also cause overactive bladder. Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis may cause the nerve damage that leads to an overactive bladder

Pelvic prolapse

If the pelvic muscles weaken or the ligaments stretch too far, the uterus can slip out of its normal position, causing pelvic prolapse

What options do I have for urinary incontinence treatment?

Treatment options vary depending on what’s causing your urinary incontinence. Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir will start with easy at-home modifications and then try other noninvasive treatments first before resorting to surgery.

Urinary incontinence treatment includes:

Kegels and exercise

Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir may recommend pelvic floor exercises for women who have recently had a baby or have weak bladder muscles. Kegels may also help women with stress incontinence.

Behavioral training

Tracking your urination habits may help you identify triggers of your incontinence. After you figure out your habits, you can try retraining your bladder with timed urination.

Medication

Certain medication may help tame the muscle spasms that cause overactive bladder. Estrogen replacement therapy helps swell the urethra to keep urine from leaking.

Electrical stimulation

Electrical impulses may improve bladder function that has been disrupted by nerve damage. The electric currents may help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and encourage proper nerve function.

Other common treatment methods include:

  • Pessary: a device that repositions the urethra and holds pelvic organs in place
  • Injection: Collagen fillers help hold urine in; Botox injections relax overactive bladders
  • Surgery: Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir can treat prolapse with a bladder sling or stitches

Should I seek treatment for my urinary incontinence?

If urinary incontinence interferes with daily living or causes embarrassment, you don’t have to just “live with it.” You can use absorbent pads and try behavioral modifications to see if they help. But if you have major incontinence issues and home treatments don’t work, call the office today to schedule an appointment  with Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir.


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