A common condition that Dr. Gandhi sees in his practice is that of stress urinary incontinence. This urogynecological condition causes a patient to leak urine when there is contraction caused by activities such as exercise, coughing, laughing, or sneezing. This is due to a lack of control by the pelvic muscles that support the urethra and bladder, and can be caused due to childbirth, medications, surgery, or injury to the area.
Stress urinary incontinence, also known as SUI, is the most common form of incontinence in women. Those with pelvic organ prolapse, or who have had one or more vaginal childbirth deliveries, are at a higher risk for this condition. Dr. Gandhi can properly diagnose the condition and provide a variety of effective solutions to reduce or eliminate the problem.
There are non-surgical and surgical treatments available for those with stress incontinence. The best treatment for stress urinary incontinence is based on several factors, such as the severity of your incontinence and your general state of health. Your doctor is here to help determine which treatment option is the best for you.
- Behavioral Therapy
- Medications – Stress incontinence is not effectively treated with medication, but it can be an option for other types of incontinence.
- Bulking Agents – A bulking agent, such as Macroplastique, can be injected into the urethral tissues to close the urethra just enough to minimize accidental leakage with straining. This is a great option for those who are not good candidates for surgery.
- Urethral Sling – A thin strip of material that is placed under the urethra to help support its natural functioning and prevent leakage of urine. The sling simulates a hammock to provide extra support.
Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology can examine, diagnose, and treat many conditions including stress urinary incontinence in women of all ages. If you are experiencing unwanted bladder leakage and are ready to find a proper solution, contact his office today to schedule an initial consultation appointment. You can learn more about incontinence conditions and the proper ways to address them to improve your quality of life.