From surgical side effects to overactive bladder, there are several reasons for male urinary incontinence. But according to Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez, there are several very effective treatment options can help relieve it.
Incontinence happens when your bladder’s sphincter muscle is not strong enough to hold back the urine. It can also happen when your bladder muscles contract too intensely or your bladder gets too full before you urinate.
Research indicates that one of the most widespread causes of incontinence in men is a side effect of the surgical procedure used to remove all or part of the prostate gland. It actually affects about 25% of patients at six months post surgery.
After your Miami urologist removes the entire gland (radical prostatectomy) he also can treat the patient’s incontinence, through a procedure that implants a male sling or artificial urinary sphincter. In some cases, incontinence develops after transurethral resection of the prostate, which is the removal of the inner part of the prostate for a benign disease. The treatment is very similar, but the chance of incontinence after the lesser procedure is about half of 1 percent or 1 out of 200 men.
Overactive bladder also causes urinary incontinence in both men and women and, while it can develop in younger ages, it’s usually connected to getting older. It’s a condition in which the bladder contracts spontaneously, making people feel that they suddenly have to go very strongly, and if they don’t make it in time, they wet themselves.
In some cases, overactive bladder is treated with medications known as anticholinergic drugs, which relieve symptoms by relaxing the muscles of the bladder. The medications can cause dry mouth, but they help control your overactive bladder, even though they don’t cure it. When they don’t work, your Miami urologist says that the next line of treatment is Botox injections into the lining of the bladder. It also helps relax the bladder muscle.
Incontinence can cause social limitations and become a big quality-of-life issue, but it’s not something that you have to accept. In most cases, it can be treated.
If you are suffering from incontinence – don’t let it control your life – call the office of best Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez today to schedule a consultation.