Overflow incontinence occurs in patients when the body can’t sense when the bladder is full, resulting in unexpected urine leakage. In those with overflow incontinence, it is also common for the bladder to not become completely empty after urination.
Besides sudden and unexpected leaks, patients with overflow incontinence typically exhibit the following symptoms:
Overflow incontinence is seen in male patients more often than females. But, it is still possible for women to develop this issue. In most cases, overflow incontinence is caused by a weakness in the bladder muscles that can develop over time. Other possible causes include:
Patients may be asked to keep a diary of any urinary incidents they have over a set period of time. This may help the doctor find any patterns or potential causes of incontinence. In addition, the following tests may be performed:
Behavioral modifications such as bladder training and Kegel exercises may be recommended. Medication, including alpha-blockers and anticholinergics, may also be prescribed to help control symptoms. If these options don’t help, devices or surgery may be recommended.
Surgery intervention to treat stress incontinence is typically the last resort when behavior therapies and devices don’t provide adequate relief from symptoms. The goal of the surgery will be to provide the bladder and urethral muscles with adequate support.
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