Urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine) is quite common and a major impairment of quality of life for those affected. For shame, many women and men do not see a doctor. At alta uro, we take care of your complaints and offer you the entire range of therapeutic procedures.
Urinary incontinence is any involuntary or unwanted loss of urine. If incontinence occurs regularly, it is considered a disease. Women are more at risk than men to develop an urinary incontinence. There are different types of incontinence, depending on the situations in which the loss of urine occurs.
An urinary incontinence can have many different causes. The most common causes include hormone deficiency, weak pelvic-floor muscles, or diseases of the nervous system. In addition, the following risk factors are known:
In women: surgery in the pelvic area, menopause, birth.
In men: surgery of the prostate (radical prostatectomy because of prostate cancer).
Initially, the most important things is a detailed discussion with the patients, for which we schedule a lot of time as this will provide us with valuable information. This is followed by a physical examination, a urine test, and an ultrasound scan. Additional diagnostics depend on the type of symptoms and include, for example, an x-ray, a bladder examination (cystoscopy) or a measuring of bladder pressure (so-called urodynamics).
Depending on the type of incontinence and the degree of severity, bladder retraining or pelvic-floor training under professional supervision is highly effective. In addition, there are various medications that can achieve a significant improvement, in particular in cases of urge incontinence. Should these measures however not lead to success, surgical treatment is required. The choice of procedure depends on the type and severity of the incontinence and the stress caused by the symptoms.