Stress incontinence is a condition in which a person involuntarily leaks urine while coughing, sneezing, laughing or doing something else that puts a strain on the bladder. Treatment can range from performing exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor to undergoing surgery.
“The type of treatment I use often depends on the patient’s level of dissatisfaction with the leakage,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “Some people have small amounts of leakage and are very bothered by it, while others have large amounts of leakage and it does not bother them much.”
The most common treatment for stress incontinence involves placing a mesh sling under the urethra to hold it in place. “I like to treat this problem as early as possible because I want to help people enjoy their life again,” says Ogles.
For more information on treating incontinence, call 573-331-3000.