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Male Urinary Incontinence Treatment: What You Need to Know

Posted on November 17, 2016 in Urology

Urinary incontinence affects both men and women, but men often find that incontinence is not discussed nearly as much, even though they also suffer from the same disruptive condition. Urinary incontinence can significantly impact a man’s daily life, especially if it is severe enough to alter daily routine. Dr. Bastuba and the Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists (MFS) understand the instinct to “make due” with the current reality and ignore unpleasant symptoms, but this is unnecessary in the modern world. Non-invasive urological care can be effective at treating incontinence.

There are two types of urinary incontinence: stress and urge. Stress incontinence means that urine leaks unintentionally, probably due to sneezing, coughing or laughing. It’s also common during activities like exercise. Urge incontinence is when someone feels the need to go to the bathroom but simply cannot make it there in time. A person can have one or both types of incontinence.

Urinary incontinence treatment
Initially, urinary incontinence is treated with medication and lifestyle modifications. However, in more severe cases, a urologist may recommend a surgical option. If standard treatments fail, but a case of incontinence is not diagnosed as severe, the patient may qualify for Urgent® PC Neuromodulation, a service offered at MFS. Urgent® PC Neuromodulation inserts a small needle into the ankle, which stimulates the tibial nerve connected to the bladder.

Over time, this pulse “retrains” the bladder to work normally. This is not a major, invasive procedure – patients are awake and sitting comfortably for the whole 30-minute procedure. Many choose to read or use electronic devices to stay entertained during the procedure. Urgent® PC Neuromodulation requires 12 visits to MFS, but patients begin to see results in half that time, usually appearing within 6 to 8 weeks.

Urinary incontinence is not something any man or women should have to live with, no matter how mild or severe. Effective treatments are available, including Urgent® PC Neuromodulation, used for those who have tried medications and lifestyle modifications first, but failed to experience relief from their symptoms. We encourage you to contact MFS today to discuss symptoms and see if Urgent® PC Neuromodulation is right for you.

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