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A variety of bladder disorders ranging from incontinence to bladder cancer can cause pain, irritation and embarrassment. Many can be controlled or corrected through medication, bladder retraining and possibly surgery.
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Types: Symptoms | Diagnostic Techniques | Treatment Options
There are several types of male and female incontinence and bladder disorders. These include:
Symptoms of the different bladder and incontinence conditions vary.
Bladder Outlet Obstruction Symptoms
There are several tests that can help diagnose your bladder disorder and incontinence issues.
The choice of specific treatment will depend on the severity of the symptoms and the extent that the symptoms interfere with lifestyle. There are three main approaches to treatment: medication, retraining and surgery.
Medications used to treat urge incontinence are aimed at relaxing the involuntary contraction of the bladder and improving bladder function. There are several types of medications that may be used alone or in combination.
The goal of any surgery to treat urge incontinence is aimed at increasing the storage ability of the bladder while decreasing the pressure within the bladder. Surgery is reserved for patients who are severely debilitated by their incontinence and who have an unstable bladder (severe inappropriate contraction) and poor ability to store urine.
Management of urge incontinence usually begins with a bladder retraining program. Occasionally, electrical stimulation and biofeedback therapy may be used in conjunction with bladder retraining.
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