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Our board-certified urologic surgeon, Stephen Kraus, MD describes the two main types of urinary incontinence and talks about the advanced, nonsurgical and surgical treatments available to correct the issue.
Stress incontinence – causes urine to escape when pressure is exerted on the bladded. Urine leaks could happen when you run, laugh or lift something heavy.
Urge incontinence – causes urine to come out before you reach a bathroom. These urine leaks can be caused by overactive bladder, urinary tract infections (UTIs), lifestyle factors and neurological disorders.
Dr. Kraus urges women to first consult with their primary care provider who can help them correct bladder leakage through therapy and devices. If more advanced care is needed, a specailized female urologist, called a urogynecologist, should be seen. They have completed extra training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) and can offer the full range of surgical and nonsurgical options to help stop bladder leakage.
For more information or to make an appointment, call (210) 450-9600 or visit www.uthealthcare.org.