Urinary Incontinence Treatment in Dubai

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What is Urinary Incontinence? 

Urinary incontinence is the inability of an individual to control his/her bladder thus leading to an uncontrolled urine leakage. As urinary incontinence is often associated with women, a majority of men are also facing it, thus making it a gender-neutral medical condition. This medical condition can be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the case. Fortunately, you do not have to keep letting the urinary incontinence keep you from enjoying life because a tailored treatment can solve your problem.

Causes of Urinary Incontinence

There are two main types of urinary incontinence causes; temporary and permanent.

Temporary Urinary Incontinence:

Temporary urinary incontinence is caused by certain foods, drinks, and medications that act as diuretics, thus stimulating the bladder and increasing the urine volume. They include:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Artificial sweeteners 
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Spicy and acidic foods and drinks
  • Large doses of vitamin C
  • Blood pressure and heart medications, muscle relaxers, and sedatives

Permanent Urinary Incontinence:

Persistent urinary incontinence is usually caused by an underlying physical problem or changes. These include:

  • Neurological disorders can interfere with nerve signals involved in bladder control
  • A tumour along the urinary tract can block normal urine flow
  • Vaginal childbirth can weaken muscles of the bladder, damage the supportive tissue and bladder nerves, leading to prolapse which is associated with incontinence
  • As the bladder muscle ages, it decreases its capacity to store urine, leading to involuntary bladder contractions. 
  • Pregnancy
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Menopause

Types of Urinary Incontinence

Stress Incontinence

This type of urinary incontinence is caused by pressure on the urinary bladder, particularly when a person sneezes, laughs out louder, lifts heavy weight, coughs, or does something that puts pressure on the urinary bladder. A person may not experience stress incontinence all the time. It is more likely to happen when they perform an activity that puts pressure on the bladder when it is full.

Urge Incontinence

When there is an infection in the urinary bladder, it irritates the bladder and makes it overactive, leading to a sudden urge for urination. This type of medical situation needs proper treatment and may take significant time for full recovery. 

Overflow Incontinence

In overflow incontinence, your bladder muscles become too weak, or there is a blockage in them. So, when you urinate, the bladder doesn’t empty as it should, leading to an unwanted and uncontrolled urine leakage. 

Mixed Incontinence

This occurs when a person experiences more than one type of urinary incontinence simultaneously. It is often a combination of stress incontinence and urge incontinence.

Note: Some of the individuals who suffer from urinary incontinence tend to have minor urine leaks while others may frequently lose minimal to moderate amounts of urine. 

Diagnosis

Diagnosing urinary incontinence involves your doctor taking your personal history and performing a physical examination. You may be asked to do a simple physical activity such as coughing to demonstrate urinary incontinence. 

To confirm the diagnosis, the following tests might be suggested:

Urinalysis

In urinalysis, a urine sample is collected from the patient and examined in the laboratory for traces of blood, signs of infection, or other abnormalities.

Bladder Diary

In this examination, the doctor records the patient’s urination schedule: how much water the patient drinks, when he/she urinates, the amount of urine produced, the urge to urinate, and the number of incontinence episodes.

Post-void Residual Urine Measurement

In this test, you will be asked to urinate into a container and then that urine will be measured. After that, an ultrasound test will be performed to check the amount of urine left in your bladder. To measure the urine left in the bladder, a catheter will be inserted into your bladder to drain the urine. If there is a large amount of urine left in the bladder, it could mean that there is an obstruction in the urinary tract or a condition with the bladder muscles or nerves.

Urodynamic Testing

Urodynamic testing involves examining the bladder and urethral sphincter muscle function with an x-ray or inserting a small tube into the bladder.

Cystoscopy

This involves checking for abnormalities inside the bladder with a cystoscope.

What Types of Treatments are Available for Urinary Incontinence?

There are different types of urinary incontinence treatments but they vary depending on the type of incontinence, severity, and underlying cause the patient has. If there is an underlying condition, your practitioner will first treat that.

The treatment options include:

Physiotherapy and Behavioural Therapy

These include exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles and improve pelvic support to help regain control of the bladder and maintain continence. Monitoring fluid intake and scheduling toilet visits can also be effective in treating urinary incontinence.

Medication

These are drugs that aid in relaxing the bladder. 

Surgery

This can be done to correct poor bladder support and to completely seal the urethra.

Urinary Incontinence FAQs

Can Urinary Incontinence Be Treated Without Surgery?

It depends on the type of urinary incontinence you have. If it is temporary incontinence, it can be treated with some lifestyle changes and appropriate medications. However, in cases of severe and permanent urinary incontinence, surgery may be necessary.

What is the Best Treatment for Urine Incontinence?

There are numerous treatments for urine incontinence; all are considered appropriate, but what matters most is how your urologist diagnoses it. If the urologist is dexterous and professional, he will suggest the best possible treatment for your cause.

Can Incontinence Be Cured Permanently?

Yes, urine incontinence can be permanently cured in the majority of cases if it is diagnosed and appropriate treatment is provided.

Can a Urologist Fix Incontinence?

Yes, a specialist urologist can fix urinary incontinence providing suitable treatment after conducting initial checkups of the patient.

Can Urine Leakage Be Cured?

With the appropriate treatment, most types of urinary incontinence can be controlled or cured.

What Happens if Incontinence is Left Untreated?

If urinary incontinence is left untreated it can lead to anxiety, depression, loss of sleep, and loss of interest in physical and social activities.

Is Urine Incontinence Permanent?

Most of the time urinary incontinence is a short-term issue that can be treated or cured.

Does Drinking More Water Help Incontinence?

Not staying hydrated can irritate your bladder, making urinary urgency, frequency, and leaks worse.

Get an Appointment

Do you suspect that you are suffering from urinary incontinence? To be sure about your suspicions you should consult with an expert at Euromed Clinic Center. Our experts will assess you and conduct all the necessary tests to understand your case. After that, they will provide you with a tailored treatment to help you regain your normal life. You can schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or giving us a call at +971 4 394 5422. You can also Whatsapp us on the same number.

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