Involuntary leakage of urine is a common problem that can have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life. Many women are too embarrassed to consult a doctor. At alta uro, we take your concerns seriously.
What exactly is incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is defined as any involuntary or unwanted loss of urine. When incontinence occurs regularly, it is considered a disorder. Women are more likely to develop urinary incontinence than men. There are different forms of incontinence, depending on the situation in which urine loss occurs:
- Stress incontinence: Urine loss during certain activities such as coughing, sneezing, athletic activity or lifting heavy objects.
- Urge incontinence: Urine loss following a sudden strong urge to urinate.
- Mixed incontinence: Urinary incontinence that includes symptoms of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can have a wide variety of causes. The most common causes include hormone deficiency, weak pelvic floor muscles and disorders of the nervous system.
The following risk factors also apply:
- In women: pelvic operations, menopause, childbirth
How is incontinence diagnosed?
A conversation with the patient is essential and forms the basis of the diagnosis. We allow plenty of time for this conversation, as it can yield valuable information. A physical examination, urinalysis and ultrasound will also be performed. Further procedures depend on the symptoms present and may include an x-ray examination, a bladder examination (cystoscopy) or a bladder pressure test (urodynamic testing).
Which treatments for incontinence does alta uro offer?
Depending on the type and severity of incontinence, bladder training or pelvic floor exercises performed with professional guidance can be extremely effective. Various medications are also available which are especially effective in treating urge incontinence. If these measures are not successful, surgery is needed. The choice of procedure depends on the type and severity of incontinence as well as the discomfort caused by the symptoms.
alta uro offers a range of procedures for women suffering from incontinence, including:
- Injection of bulking agents: minimally invasive, for patients with light incontinence
- Sling surgery: the standard surgical treatment for women, leading to improvement in approx. 90% of cases.
- Minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery (Burch colposuspension): a minimally invasive procedure for patients with moderate incontinence