Services & Specialties
At Memorial Hermann, affiliated specialists use technologically advanced equipment to create comprehensive, personalized diagnostic evaluation and treatment plans for men's and women's incontinence and pelvic floor disorders.
Stress incontinence can result from multiple vaginal births, pelvic surgery, chronic coughing, obesity, heavy lifting, frequent straining during bowel movements or pelvic organ prolapse.
Urge incontinence, also known as "overactive bladder," results from unknown causes. People with overactive bladder experience a sudden urine loss or urge to urinate due to bladder spasms of unknown origin.
Mixed incontinence, the most common form of the disorder, is a combination of stress and urge incontinence.
Overflow incontinence results in unwanted loss of urine associated with incomplete emptying of the bladder. Causes include obstruction of the bladder outlet in men due to prostate enlargement,pelvic floor disorders in women or neurogenic bladder caused by peripheral neuropathy, diabetes or spinal cord injury.
Transient incontinence is less common and can result from urinary tract infections, medications, urethritis or chronic incomplete emptying of the bladder. Normally, it can be resolved by diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause.
Affiliated physicians begin treatment with the least invasive options:
Kegel exercises are a program of pelvic-muscle training designed to decrease urine leakage by increasing the strength of the pelvic floor muscles, specifically the levator ani.
Medication is the first line of treatment for women who experience urgency, urge urinary incontinence and urinary frequency. New second-generation medications for overactive bladder are now available and producing excellent results. Medications include:
Bladder training and timed voiding may be as effective or more effective for some types of urinary incontinence than treatment with medication.
Bladder augmentation offers patients who have not responded to other treatments for urge incontinence a surgical option. Memorial Hermann-TMC offers minimally invasive robotic-assisted bladder augmentation for patients who qualify for the procedure.
We also offer the following treatment services:
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is affiliated with highly qualified, experienced specialists and provides technologically advanced equipment for personalized diagnosis and treatment of men's and women's incontinence. Learn more about referrals and appointments.