How is loss of bladder control treated?

Non-surgical treatments are often recommended to help treat bladder control issues. These include:

  • Physical therapy and exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Reducing intake of alcohol and caffeine
  • Electrical stimulation of the nerves that control the bladder
  • Bladder retraining by going to the bathroom at set times
  • Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles
  • Bladder control device inserted into vagina that repositions urethra to reduce leakage
  • Biofeedback to help patients learn to control the bladder muscles

Depending on the type of leakage and how bothersome it is—and if patients do not respond to the non-surgical treatments—surgery and other interventions can be very successful. In most cases, they can be done as an outpatient procedure.

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