CONDITIONS

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is an involuntary leakage of urine due to a weakened or lack of control over the urinary sphincter. It is common and often an embarrassing problem which occasionally happens when you cough or sneeze to having the urge to urinate urgently.

Even though it is more common to elderly people, but urinary incontinence isn’t necessarily a consequence of ageing as it may affect anyone. This condition may be chronic or temporary, depending on its cause.

Why is urinary incontinence problematic?

There are numerous health problems that may be the cause of urinary incontinence. Therefore symptoms may vary from mild to severe and may lead to signs of cancer, kidney stones, infections or benign prostatic hyperplasia, where the prostate is large. Urinary incontinence may affect your daily activities and cause lifestyle changes. 

What symptoms can be expected from urinary incontinence?

Symptoms of urinary incontinence can range from mild to severe if left untreated. People who are diagnosed with urinary incontinence may have symptoms such as difficulty in walking and speaking, may feel weak or tingly in any part of their body, may experience loss of vision, may feel confused and they lose bowel control. In some cases, they may lose consciousness.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

Urinary incontinence treatment depends on the type of incontinence, the underlying cause and its severity. If there is an underlying treatable condition that is causing your symptoms, then Dr Mashava will first treat the condition before treating the incontinence. Surgical treatment includes:

  • Sling procedures. During this procedure, Dr Mashava will insert a mesh under the neck of the bladder to support the urethra and also stop urine from leaking out.
  • colposuspension. During this procedure, Dr Brighton Mashava will lift the bladder neck to help relieve stress incontinence.
  • Artificial sphincter. Dr Mashava will insert an artificial sphincter or a valve to help control the flow from the bladder into the urethra.

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