Urinary incontinence is the inability to hold urine. There are several possible causes and several different types of urinary incontinence, including:
- Stress incontinence (loss of urine with activities such as coughing or lifting).
- Urge incontinence (when the person feels the urge to urinate, the urine comes out too quickly, before the person can get to the bathroom).
- Mixed incontinence (a person has both stress and urge incontinence).
- Total incontinence (leaking urine all the time, regardless of activity or urge sensations).
- Overflow incontinence (leaking urine because the bladder stays full all the time, and urine leaks out from the full bladder).
Figuring out the type and cause of incontinence may be straightforward or require specialized tests such as urodynamics, cystoscopy and X-ray testing. These specialized tests are part of the expertise provided by UK HealthCare Urological Surgery.
Treatment options depend on the type and cause of incontinence, and may include pelvic muscle exercises, medications or surgery. Dr. Deborah Erickson has special expertise in surgical treatments for incontinence.