Incontinence

Good treatment options – for all types of bladder weakness

Bladder weakness or incontinence can affect people of any age. It is unpleasant for many reasons and strongly impairs those affected. In middle-aged women, the cause is often a weakness of the pelvic floor; that is, the connective tissue or the muscle is weakened. Incontinence does not have to be permanent as there are good surgical treatment options.

Our specialists at Schoen Clinic have extensive experience in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of all kinds of incontinence. Our goal is to alleviate or completely heal our patients’ symptoms. 

Causes & symptoms

Causes: How incontinence occurs

In most cases, a weakened pelvic floor is the cause for the development of incontinence. There are several factors that can influence the pelvic floor, such as one or more births, previous surgeries or obesity. A weakened pelvic floor allows the organs to move lower. The function of the bladder and/or the uterus and vagina and/or the rectum is impaired by this lowering. In the case of the bladder, there may then be difficulties in emptying the bladder. Those affected also often complain of cystitis. 

One speaks of an irritable bladder if no cause can be found for the symptoms. This is a bladder dysfunction. 

Incontinence – Symptoms: These discomforts may occur

Patients complain of unwanted urine loss when coughing or sneezing. There are also symptoms when getting up from a sitting position or even when climbing stairs. 

If the patients suffer from an irritable bladder, the insatiable urge to urinate is at the fore. They have to urinate very often, yet the amount of urine is small. 

Diagnostics

Diagnosis: How we diagnose bladder weakness

First of all, it is important to discover the causes of incontinence. At Schoen Clinic, we use imaging procedures such as CT and MRI and bladder endoscopy (examination of the lower urinary tract with an endoscope) in addition to the medical consultation (anamnesis). During what is known as a urodynamic examination, the function of your bladder is examined in detail. This is supplemented by a meaningful laboratory test.

The results and possible treatment methods will then be discussed with you in detail. We will also determine the further procedure together. Each treatment is individual. In general, we initially prefer a conservative, non-surgical procedure.