Urinary Incontinence

(Involuntary Loss of Urine)

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine at inappropriate times.  It is a common problem and is a very treatable condition.  There are over 11 million women in the United States who complain of urinary incontinence.  You are not alone!


The two major types of urinary incontinence are stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence:


  • Stress Urinary Incontinence – Involuntary loss of urine when a woman coughs, laughs, sneezes, walks, exercises or changes positions.
  • Urge Incontinence – The woman has a leakage of urine that accompanies the feeling of “I gotta go, I gotta go.”


The good news is that there are effective treatments for both of these conditions.


A third type of urinary incontinence is called mixed incontinence.


  • Mixed Incontinence – A combination of stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence.


There is a procedure that we have been successfully performing at Northwest Women’s Health Care that is very effective in correcting most cases of stress urinary incontinence.  This is an outpatient procedure that has been performed by us for the past six years.  It has been performed in Europe for many more years than that.  It is called the Tension-Free Vaginal Tape Procedure or TVT-O.  This procedure is performed as an outpatient under local anesthesia or light anesthesia.  Recovery is typically only a few days.  Initial success rate is high and long term results, up to seven years, show that the success rate can continue.  This procedure offers a way to improve your quality of life with minimal interruption of your daily activities.


Urge incontinence, or the “I gotta go” feeling, is successfully treated through conservative methods here at Northwest Women’s Health Care.  Some of these methods include biofeedback and behavioral therapy.  We have found in our practice, with a combination of conservative medical therapy and minimally invasive procedures, such as TVT-O, that we can help over 90 percent of our patients who have urinary incontinence.





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