At What Age is Urinary Incontinence Most Common?
Urinary incontinence and overactive bladder syndrome can affect patients of virtually any age, though people over 50 years of age – and particularly women – have the highest incidence rate of incontinence. This is typically due to the unwanted side effects of menopause, childbirth, and the natural aging process. At Phase II Center for Women's Health in Millcreek, UT, board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Elizabeth Graul and our compassionate team understand how disruptive and embarrassing this condition can be and are committed to helping patients restore confidence and dryness through a variety of the most advanced and effective incontinence treatments available today. Keep scrolling to learn more about what options you have to find relief from the frustrating symptoms of an overactive bladder.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence, which is characterized by the inability to reliably control the flow of urine, presents itself in a number of forms, each of which can be caused by a host of factors. Among the most common types of urinary incontinence are stress incontinence and urgency incontinence. Overactive bladder syndrome is another common urinary condition that causes patients to have a frequent or constant sense of needing to void. Incontinence and overactive bladder may be caused by structural issues, age-related changes, hormones, certain medications, miscommunication between the bladder and the brain, and other factors.
How is incontinence treated?
Depending on the type of incontinence a patient has, the severity of their symptoms, and their overall health, Dr. Graul may recommend one of the following treatments:
- BOTOX® injections
- Medical therapy
- Physical therapy
- Sacral Nerve Stimulation (SNS)
What is Sacral Nerve Stimulation?
SNS is a minimally invasive treatment for overactive bladder syndrome and urinary and fecal incontinence. SNS treatment involves the surgical insertion of a small device just beneath the skin. The device works to correct communication signals between the brain and the bladder and bowels, allowing patients to more reliably control their urine and bowel movements.
Am I a candidate for Sacral Nerve Stimulation treatment for incontinence?
Ideal candidates for sacral nerve stimulation are patients who have overactive bladder syndrome, urinary or fecal incontinence, or nonobstructive urinary retention. Prior to undergoing SNS treatment, patients must have attempted two other therapy options without success. During your initial consultation for SNS treatment, Dr. Graul will perform a thorough evaluation, review your health history, and determine if you may be ready for the procedure.
How long does Sacral Nerve Stimulation therapy last?
For many patients, the results of SNS treatment are noticeable almost immediately. With a healthy lifestyle, the majority of patients can expect SNS to provide relief from incontinence symptoms for up to 20 years or longer, making it one of the most exciting and longest-lasting incontinence treatments available today. With SNS, you can join the many patients who have regained control of their lives and the confidence to enjoy their favorite activities each day.
Free yourself from urinary incontinence with Sacral Nerve Stimulation treatment in Millcreek, UT
If urinary incontinence or overactive bladder are preventing you from living your life with confidence, we can help. To learn more about SNS and our other female incontinence treatment options, call Phase II Center for Women's Health in Millcreek, UT to schedule your private consultation with board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Elizabeth Graul today.