For some men who receive treatment for prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate, stress incontinence is an unfortunate but often unavoidable side effect. The weakened pelvic muscles following treatment can lead to the occasional unintentional loss of urine. Thankfully, Christopher Lee, MD, at South Jersey Urology Consultants in Vineland, New Jersey, has years of experience treating stress incontinence resulting from such medical treatments. If you’re suffering from stress incontinence and want help regaining your dignity, call Dr. Lee to schedule your consultation or book online.
Stress incontinence is a form of urinary incontinence that causes you to lose urine unintentionally. Specifically, people suffering from stress incontinence tend to lose urine when something exerts pressure, or stress, on the bladder, such as when coughing or sneezing.
Your bladder is supported by a series of muscles and tissue around the pelvis, referred to as the pelvic floor. These muscles help control your ability to control urination.
When these muscles weaken, your ability to hold in urine also weakens. In turn, excess stress on your bladder can lead to an inability to prevent urine loss.
For women, the trauma associated with childbirth is the No. 1 cause of stress incontinence. For men, prostate surgery is the most common cause, though pelvic surgery of any variety can affect both men’s and women’s pelvic muscles.
How Dr. Lee treats your stress incontinence depends on what’s causing it. Some of his most common approaches include:
If you’ve suffered a pelvic prolapse, you’ll typically need pelvic reconstruction to restore and reinforce your pelvic muscles. Dr. Lee performs this procedure laparoscopically, a minimally invasive technique that improves recovery and reduces overall trauma.
During reconstruction, Dr. Lee uses biologics and mesh structures to restore pelvic muscle support and allow proper muscle control. For women, Dr. Lee might also implement a pessary, which helps support muscles near the vagina.
If your stress incontinence is relatively minor, Dr. Lee might recommend regular injections of bulking agents to assist with your condition. Dr. Lee injects these materials into the area around the urethra, which improves your sphincter’s ability to close off your urethra.
Tired of living in constant worry of embarrassment? The experts at South Jersey Urology Consultants can provide effective, lasting treatment. Call to schedule your consultation or book online.