Incontinence: Bladder Control Issues

Incontinence: Bladder Control Issues

Approximately 25 million Americans are affected by bladder control issues; i.e. incontinence. Because incontinence is a symptom, as opposed to an actual disease, the method of treatment is completely dependent on a diagnosis of the underlying cause.

Successful treatment is attainable and generally entails a combination of medication, behavior modification, pelvic muscle exercises, collection devices, and absorbent products. But, despite a very high success rates in treating incontinence, most people affected do not seek help, either due to embarrassment or from the mistaken notion that nothing can be done.

For any urinary control issues, the first step is to find a knowledgeable physician, with whom you feel comfortable, to get a diagnosis. The clinicians and board-certified physicians and surgeons at the Urology Group of Princeton are highly trained and up-to-date on the latest advances in the field; they will attend to your condition with respect and understanding as they take the time to simply and completely explain the diagnosis and treatment options to you.

If you are experiencing any of the conditions described below, please call our Urology Group, at 609.924.6487, to set up an appointment.

  • Urinary Incontinence
    • Overactive Bladder – The overwhelming need to go immediately.
    • Urinary Retention – Difficultly starting urination, a weak and, once finished, the need to go again because the bladder isn’t fully emptied.
    • Mixed Incontinence – A combination of stress incontinence, including muscle and sphincter related issues, and urgency incontinence.
    • Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) – Because of weak pelvic floor muscles and/or a deficient urethral sphincter, the bladder can leak during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing, or any body movement that puts pressure on the bladder.
  • Nocturnal Enuresis aka Bedwetting
    • Persistent Primary Nocturnal Enuresis – this condition, which begins during childhood, is defined as the inability to achieve nighttime dryness for longer than 6 months. About 2-3% of adults older have this type of nocturnal enuresis.
    • Adult Onset Secondary Enuresis – This condition is defined as bedwetting affecting people usually closer to 60 years of age.
  • Nocturia – Generally defined as making two or more trips to the bathroom every night.
    • Nocturnal Polyuria – This condition is characterized as an overproduction of urine at night.
    • Global Polyuria – This condition is a major cause of Nocturia; it consists of both day and nighttime urine overproduction.

In addition to the conditions noted above, there are several other factors, such as fistulas and neurological conditions, for which incontinence may be a symptom.

Don’t leave it to chance and, by all means, don’t let embarrassment or mistakenly thinking there are no treatment options stop you from living your life to its fullest.

Call the Urology Group of Princeton to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate physicians.