What Is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary passage of urine. It typically involves strong, sudden urges to urinate and accidental leakage when you sneeze, laugh, cough, or exercise, or during sex. Given the potential for embarrassment, untreated urinary incontinence can lead to hygienic, social, and psychological problems and strictly limit affected persons’ ability to live life to the fullest.
Incontinence itself is not a disease. It is the consequence of an alteration in the bladder filling phase. It is more common among women, children (this is known as enuresis), and the elderly. This condition affects significant portions of these population, including more than 15 – 35 percent of people over 65 and over 30 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 60. Approximately 15 million adult women in the United States and approximately 12 million American adults over the age of 18 suffer from urge incontinence.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
There are varying forms of urinary incontinence, all of which have different root causes and require different treatments.
Common types of urinary incontinence include:
- Stress urinary incontinence: This involves the involuntary loss of urine when performing movements or physical activities, such as laughing, sneezing, playing sports, lifting heavy loads, or even standing for long periods of time. Leakage can range from a few drops to a stream. Pregnancy and age are one of the causes and contribute to the loss of elasticity and tension in the pelvic floor, making the bladder and urethra fall so that their continence mechanisms are only effective at rest.
- Urge urinary incontinence: This consists of the involuntary loss of urine associated with an urgent and sudden need to urinate.
- Mixed urinary incontinence: In mixed urinary incontinence, loss of urine is caused by hyperactivity of the muscle and a disorder in the sphincter mechanisms. The incompetence of the bladder neck in such cases allows the entrance of urine into the urethra. When this happens, the detrusor understands that urination has begun and releases the reflex that produces its contraction.
Various forms of urinary incontinence may result from neurological issues, alterations of the external sphincter and pelvic floor muscles, failure of the internal sphincter to an inappropriate relaxation or organic injury.
Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence
Normal treatments for urinary incontinence typically involve:
- Dietary hygienic measures such as restricting consumption of liquids
- Pharmacotherapy involving anticholinergic drugs
- Surgery of the bladder and urethra
- Kegel exercises
At Wirth Plastic Surgery, we provide treatment for women suffering from urinary incontinence of varying kinds, and we routinely perform Mommy Makeover procedures and other women’s health and wellness interventions using EMSella.
What Is EMSella?
EMSella is a revolutionary, FDA-approved, non-invasive device used to treat stress- and urge-related urinary incontinence. It is a chair (where you sit, fully clothed, for approximately 30 minutes at a time) that produces a High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Field, thereby stimulating and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. During a single, half-hour session, EMSella promotes 11,200 contractions, which is equivalent to performing 11,200 Kegel exercises.
Treatment protocol is typically six sessions (two per week for three consecutive weeks). This vastly improves symptoms for patients experiencing stress- and urge-related urinary incontinence, and many patients have also reported vaginal rejuvenation through the use of EMSella.
Treat Urinary Incontinence with Non-Invasive EMSella
At Wirth Plastic Surgery, we can help you regain your confidence and eliminate urinary incontinence using EMSella. This device provides you with a unique opportunity to avoid surgery and medication-based treatments and improve your quality of life by eliminating your urinary incontinence or giving you greater control. We are prepared to help you overcome whatever type of incontinence you are experiencing and regain the confidence you need to go about your life as normal.
Call (949) 238-6713 or send us a messageto schedule a free consultation and learn about our plastic surgery options in Newport Beach.