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What is the Risk of Untreated Urinary Incontinence?

By: Dr. Elizabeth Graul


If you suffer from urinary incontinence, you are at risk of suffering from rashes and other skin disorders from the constant moisture caused by urine leakage. Most urinary incontinence sufferers also experience embarrassment from persistent unpleasant odors, and sometimes, the urine seeps onto clothing and other surfaces. Individuals who suffer from urinary incontinence often develop bouts of depression and might end up isolating themselves because they are worried about being embarrassed and ashamed of their condition. Left untreated, a urinary tract infection can develop and become severe enough to be considered a medical emergency.

If you suffer from urinary incontinence, schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Graul at Phase II Center for Women's Health in Millcreek, UT. Dr. Graul will evaluate your medical history and your current condition to determine the best treatment options possible for urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence treatment options

An overactive bladder can lead to urinary incontinence. You might feel an urgent or frequent need to urinate during the day or night. Dr. Graul will determine your baseline bladder function by ordering a variety of diagnostic tests. She will then discuss urinary incontinence treatment options with you.

Urinary incontinence treatment options include:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • BOTOX®

Another treatment option is sacral nerve modulation (SNS). SNS is an implant that functions by restoring communication between the brain and bladder. Communication can ease your urinary incontinence symptoms.

Dr. Graul understands how ongoing urinary incontinence can lead to embarrassment and even become physically debilitating. The treatment goal is always to help restore a patient's self-esteem and confidence by controlling the condition. SNS therapy is one of our leading treatment choices for overactive bladder and urinary incontinence.

With SNS therapy, patients enjoy the following:

  • Long-lasting results
  • Virtually painless treatment
  • Minimally invasive
  • Treats urinary incontinence and bowel incontinence
  • Increases confidence and freedom to enjoy life

Is Sacral Nerve Stimulation therapy the right choice for me?

If you are experiencing urinary incontinence, SNS therapy might be the ideal treatment choice for you. It treats overactive bladder, urinary urgency, urinary incontinence, incontinence of stool, unobstructed urinary retention (UR), and frequency of stool.

With SNS therapy, a small device is positioned beneath the skin. The device is MRI-compatible and offers ongoing therapy for up to 20 years. It effectively treats urinary incontinence long term.

Following the implantation of the SNS device, you can return home either the same day or the following day. Most patients do not experience discomfort after the procedure. The implant is virtually invisible under the skin, so you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing it. Following the placement, some patients do experience tingling or a slight pulling feeling, which can last for days after the installation. In most cases, patients are given a remote control so they can adjust the impulses and find the correct setting to fit their needs. Also, Dr. Graul can adjust the settings during your follow-up visit if needed.

Schedule a urinary incontinence consultation in Millcreek, UT

If you suffer from urinary incontinence, you’ll want to consider treatment options to avoid risk. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Graul at Phase II Center for Women's Health in Millcreek, UT to discuss sacral nerve stimulation and other options. Dr. Graul will sit down with you to discuss your condition and treatment options. Contact us today to learn more.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.