Recently we published a blog on what Stress Urinary Incontinence is, and the main question we were asked in response to this was “Is Stress Urinary Incontinence a serious issue?”. Well, the simple answer is that while a loss of bladder control may be a devastating complication which can have a significant, negative impact on your quality of life, men should also feel by the increasing number of treatment and management options available to them to be able to combat this issue.
How can I treat Stress Urinary Incontinence?
There are plenty of options available for men to treat stress urinary incontinence, but before any of that you will need to ensure that you get your physician to perform diagnostic tests to evaluate function and exact cause of the leakage. Along with a physical exam and medical history, other tools such as a urine flow test, blood tests, cystoscopy, and urodynamic testing may also be used to develop a clearer picture of your situation.
Surgical Treatment Options
Male Sling – This is a mesh implant that will compress the urethra and will then move it, allowing for better function.
Artificial Urinary Sphincter – An inflatable cuff that allows the man to control the flow of urine, releasing the cuff when it is time to urinate, then inflating to keep leakage from occurring.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises – This is one of the best ways to improve and maintain bowel and bladder functions. But you will need to make sure that you are training these three basic muscles, the BC muscles, PC muscles and IC muscles.
Biofeedback – Because pelvic floor muscles can be hard to identify, biofeedback is used to train those muscles. Known to be a safe and effective method of increasing pelvic floor muscle strength, with thousands of men opting for this.
Injection Therapy – Injection therapy is a technique employed to treat many Urinary Incontinence issues such as OAB and male and female SUI. The treatment includes the nonsurgical injection of “bulking” material into the tissues around the urethra.
So, now you know some of the best ways to treat stress urinary incontinence, it is time for another frequently asked question and that is “is stress urinary incontinence common?”. Well, here is your answer yes, it is a common thing amongst older men, as well as men who have had prostate cancer in the past and have therefore have had to have their prostate removed. So, it is an increasingly common disease.
If you are suffering from stress urinary incontinence, make sure you contact us to get a solution to this problem and we can bring your confidence back.