Treating bladder dysfunction
At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we know that bladder
dysfunction can interfere with your daily life and be hard to talk about with
your doctor. That’s why our experienced physicians offer the most advance
treatment options available including facilities like The Christ Hospital Pelvic Floor Center,
which is dedicated to helping women get back their quality of life.
Treatment for bladder dysfunction depends on the type of incontinence you are experiencing. Our experts will take your medical history and may ask you to keep a diary of your incontinence issues.
Your first line of treatment for bladder issues is typically medical. You'll start with the least invasive treatment options before discussing surgery.
A combination of these treatments may improve your urinary incontinence:
Behavioral techniques—changing your habits around bathroom use or teaching new skills to improve bladder control
Bladder training—including fluid management, dietary changes, urge control and suppression strategies
Bulking agents—injection of material into the bladder neck and urethra to treat involuntary leakage
Catheter—thin tube inserted through urethra and into bladder for urine drainage
Medications—over-the-counter or prescription medicine
Pelvic floor exercises—to help strengthen muscles that control urine flow
Pelvic floor electrical stimulation—mild electrical current that activates pelvic color muscles to strengthen ability to control urine flow
Removable device designed to support the bladder—device inserted into vagina to support urethra
When medicine, lifestyle changes and other non-invasive treatments cannot ease your symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery. For some women, hearing they need surgery may cause them to hesitate having a procedure they really need. That's why it's important talk with your gynecologist and get the facts.
Our women's health specialists can help you manage your anxiety about gynecologic surgery. We specialize in minimally invasive procedures that offer minimal pain, low levels of complications and fast recovery times, so you can get back to what you enjoy sooner.
Surgical treatments that may be recommended for bladder dysfunction or incontinence include:
Bladder neck suspension—helps place a sagging bladder back into its normal position
Minimally invasive bladder repair—a surgery using small incisions to repair weak pelvic muscles or damaged urethra
Vaginal sling (conventional and tension free)—uses tissue or a synthetic mesh to help close the urethra and bladder neck
At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we have an
innovative Women’s Surgery Center designed specifically for women. Our Center features
spacious operating rooms, the da Vinci surgical system for robotic-assisted
gynecologic surgery, and telemedicine technology for real-time, remote consultations
At our Pelvic Floor Center one of only a few centers of its kind in the
U.S.– specialists called urogynecologists care for women with bladder
dysfunction and other pelvic floor disorders.