Urinary and Fecal Incontinence Treatment
Pelvic Floor and Incontinence Program
Male and Female Incontinence
Incontinence is the inability to control excretory functions. The Pelvic Floor and Incontinence Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is equipped to handle this condition in both men and women.
Stress urinary incontinence occurs when laughing, sneezing and coughing can all cause urine to escape involuntarily from the body. Because this problem is often embarrassing, patients may put off seeking help from their doctors in a timely manner.
This condition primarily affects women who have delivered their child vaginally or have had a hysterectomy, however, men who have had surgery or radiation treatment may also be effected.
Treatment for Urinary Incontinence
Treatment for urinary incontinence may be in the form of behavioral techniques, devices, medications or surgery, depending on the severity of your condition. Some of these treatments include pelvic floor muscle exercises, bladder control techniques, dietary and lifestyle changes, urethral inserts, sling procedures, sacral nerve stimulators and more.
Inability to control the bowels is known as fecal incontinence. Fecal incontinence can range from occasional leakage of stool to complete loss of bowel control. The Pelvic Floor and Incontinence Program offers special diagnostic testing to help determine the cause of your incontinence.
Treatment for Fecal Incontinence
Restoring control of the bowel through dietary changes, medications and special exercises are some of the recommended forms of treatment for fecal incontinence. Your physician may recommend anti-diarrheal drugs, laxatives or stool softeners.
For some individuals, surgery may be helpful in restoring continence.
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