Trust our unique specialty expertise to treat urinary leakage effectively, often non-surgically
Women in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the greater Chicagoland area can benefit from the unique expertise of Dr. Sanjay Gandhi at Partners in Pelvic Health. Dr. Gandhi is among the few doctors to achieve board certification in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery (URPS) from The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. You can trust his considerable knowledge and experience with both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for urine leakage.
If you have this condition characterized by urinary leakage, you are not alone. Millions of women suffer from urinary incontinence. We empathize; it can become a significant source of embarrassment that adversely affects your quality of life. It can also be a source of frustration. You may have been told that leaking is “normal.” Let us assure you: It is not normal.
Unlike other conditions treated at our specialty practice, we start the process by accurately diagnosing the nature and extent of urinary leakage. After all, urinary incontinence comes in many different forms. These types include:
- Stress incontinence – The most common form of urinary leakage arising during movements and activities that place pressure (stress) on the bladder. These activities and behaviors include coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting heavy objects, changing positions, and exercising
- Urge incontinence – The urinary incontinence marked by sudden strong urges to urinate. It can be hard to stop this type of urinary incontinence. You may even leak in your rush to get to a bathroom
- “Mixed” incontinence – Women may experience symptoms of both SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence) and urge/urgency urinary incontinence
It is not uncommon for several factors to contribute to urinary incontinence. For instance, women with pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic organ prolapse, are at increased risk of leakage. Your chances of developing this condition also increase if you have delivered at least one child vaginally. Any time the bladder is stimulated, such as by consuming acidic foods, caffeine, alcohol, or certain vitamins and medications, you are at risk of leaking urine. Nearly constant dribbling can also indicate neuromuscular problems resulting from conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) and diabetes.
Myriad options for every woman
Our approach to treating you depends on what we find as the result of a thorough physical evaluation and testing. Today, numerous effective treatments are available to rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles. Most of these approaches have a success rate in stopping urinary leakage that exceeds 90%. And, notably, Partners in Pelvic Health treats more than 75% of our patients with urinary incontinence non-surgically. So, scheduling an evaluation at our office does not mean surgery is a foregone conclusion. In fact, you may get a new lease on life with modifications to your diet or exercises that strengthen the pelvic muscles. Dr. Gandhi may also prescribe medications to control muscle spams and contractions and to relax the overactive bladder.
If non-surgical approaches do not improve the frequency or severity of moderate to severe SUI or other forms of urinary incontinence, we can discuss surgical options such as urethral slings or urethral bulking.Back to Stress Urinary Incontinence Page