Have you ever laughed so hard that you “leaked”? Bladder leakage happens to many people occasionally, but when it becomes more common, it can be a sign of a bigger issue. Frequent urination, loss of bladder control or sudden, extreme urges to go to the bathroom could point to urinary incontinence or overactive bladder (OAB).
Overactive bladder may be caused by the following:
Female incontinence may be caused by the following:
In addition to urinary incontinence, Aurora Health Care also treats patients suffering from fecal incontinence, or bowel incontinence characterized by the uncontrolled release of gas or stool.
No matter which type of incontinence issues you’re facing, our urogynecology doctors offer a variety of overactive bladder and incontinence treatments to help stop the leaks and help you feel comfortable again.
There are several types of incontinence, each with their own unique set of symptoms:
The two main types of fecal incontinence are caused by anal sphincter injuries and rectovaginal fistulas. Both conditions are usually the result of vaginal delivery. Obstretical anal sphincter injury (OASIS) - the most common cause of fecal incontinence in women - usually results from trauma to the anal sphincter during natural childbirth. Alternately, rectovaginal fistulas occur as a result of injury during childbirth, when an abnormal connection is introduced between a woman’s rectum and vagina causing stool leakage to occur.
Urinary incontinence can be diagnosed by performing urodynamic testing (urodynamics) to assess how well the bladder and urethra are storing and releasing urine.
Urodynamic testing involves a series of tests that reproduce bladder and voiding capabilities, evaluate the function of your bladder and urethra, and accurately identify and diagnose underlying bladder problems.
Other diagnostic OAB or incontinence testing may include:
There’s no single incontinence or overactive bladder treatment that works for everyone. That’s why Aurora Health Care offers medical and surgical treatment options tailored to meet your unique needs.
From pelvic floor rehabilitation and medical management to state-of-the-art urogynecologic surgery, we help you regain health, confidence, comfort and quality of life.
Nonsurgical treatment for urinary incontinence and urinary urgency include:
Surgery may be a choice if other incontinence treatments aren’t effective.
For fecal incontinence, pelvic floor rehabilitation - including pelvic floor exercises - can be an effective treatment option and may prevent the need for surgery.
Aurora Health Care offers overactive bladder (OAB) and incontinence treatment in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and throughout eastern Wisconsin. Call the location nearest you to set up an appointment today: