Incontinence is an embarrassing issue that affects between 3-11% of American men. Fortunately, with treatment from a board-certified urologist like J Francois Eid, MD, incontinence is easily controllable. Whether you have complete incontinence, accidentally leak urine, or have uncontrollable urges, make an appointment with Dr. Eid at Advanced Urological Care PC, in Upper East Side, Manhattan. Call the Advanced Urological Care PC, or schedule a consultation online today. Alternatively, you can consult with Dr. Eid via telephone from the comfort of your home or office.
Incontinence occurs when you can’t control your bladder and leak urine unintentionally. It’s more common in women, but men can develop the condition, too. It can profoundly affect your quality of life.
There are two categories of urinary incontinence: overactive bladder and stress incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when weakness in your pelvic floor and urethral sphincter leads to inadequate support for your bladder and urethra. As a result, any extra or unexpected pressure on your urinary tract can force urine out of your body. An overactive bladder causes intense and uncontrollable urges to urinate day and night.
Prostate cancer surgery is one of the leading causes of stress incontinence in men. When a prostate tumor is removed, it can damage parts of your pelvic floor and urinary sphincter. Many men who have had prostate cancer surgery have incontinence during sexual activity and orgasm, and most cancer doctors do not address this embarrassing condition. Consequently, it often goes untreated. This is especially unfortunate because this type of incontinence can be fixed easily with the minimally invasive male sling procedure. You may also develop stress incontinence from other trauma done to your pelvic floor, or your symptoms could be age-related.
Overactive bladder is often a neurological disorder. Your brain may send abnormal signals to your bladder or cause spasms in the muscles and tissue that support it. Additionally, urinary tract infections and diseases like Parkinson’s disease and diabetes can cause an overactive bladder.
At Advanced Urological Care PC, Dr. Eid begins with an exam and testing to assess your incontinence. He might order tests, including urinalysis, postvoid residual tests, and cystoscopy.
In some cases, Dr. Eid also uses a urodynamics test to assess the function of your bladder as well as the flow of urine through your urethra. He uses it to test how much liquid your bladder can hold and identify whether or not a blockage is present.
When Dr. Eid diagnoses the issue causing your incontinence, he creates a customized treatment plan to restore your urinary control. For example, after prostate cancer surgery, pelvic floor physical therapy can help you rebuild your pelvic floor strength and control.
Dr. Eid may also prescribe medications to address an overactive bladder or perform a minimally invasive procedure to reduce urinary obstruction. Other treatments include:
You should make an appointment to talk to Dr. Eid as soon as you start to experience incontinence symptoms. As with many health conditions, the earlier you get a diagnosis and start treatment, the easier and more effective the treatment. Don’t be embarrassed by your symptoms — make an appointment with Dr. Eid today.
Call Advanced Urological Care PC or request an appointment online today for expert, customized treatments that meet your unique needs.