Urinary Incontinence Specialist
Urinary Incontinence Q & A
Urinary incontinence is a result of weak or overactive muscles, specifically those which control the opening and closing of the bladder. A weak bladder could lead to you wetting yourself while coughing, sneezing, laughing or lifting heavy objects. This is called stress incontinence.
An overactive bladder is known as urge incontinence and leads to the urge to urinate with little or no urine in the bladder. There are several other types of incontinence, and it’s important to realize that urinary incontinence can be a symptom of other, more severe conditions. Contacting Dr. Lingenfelter is the first step to alleviating the stress and tension associated with this condition.
Treatment for urinary incontinence varies based on the cause of the condition. Some forms of stress incontinence can be treated with physical therapy, while others may be addressed through examination of your personal life and habits.
For patients experiencing stress incontinence, Dr. Lingenfelter offers options such as tension-free vaginal tape, or TVT. This treatment involves having a mesh tape surgically inserted through tiny incisions in the abdomen and vaginal walls. It acts as a support for the urethra, keeping it in a normal position when coughing or during sudden movements.
The practice specializes in a method of treatment known as InterStim therapy. Also known as peripheral nerve stimulation, InterStim therapy makes use of tiny implantable wires that send mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerves located near the tailbone. The electrical pulses allow for stimulation of the sacral nerves leading to proper communication with the brain, allowing for better bladder control. InterStim therapy is reversible but effective in treating urge incontinence and other forms of incontinence when needed.
An overactive bladder can also benefit from BOTOX® injections. Botox acts to ease the bladder muscles allowing for regular urinary function.
Postcare varies, depending on the treatment and patient. InterStim therapy and Botox treatments have very simple post-treatment guidelines that would be provided at the time of treatment. Contact Dr. Lingenfelter to learn what treatments may be right for you