Bladder/ Fecal Incontinence


 

Two-thirds of American adults with urinary incontinence are women. Women are also more likely to have fecal incontinence, especially for 3-6 months after childbirth. So even if bladder and bowel incontinence is embarrassing, you’re not alone, and the doctors at UroGyn Specialists of Florida have many years of experience compassionately treating incontinence in women. Don’t wait to seek help. Contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Orlando, Lake Mary, and Kissimmee, Florida.

What is bladder incontinence?

Bladder incontinence, or urinary incontinence, occurs when you accidentally leak urine. The two most common types of urinary incontinence are:

Stress incontinence: Urine leaks when pressure is placed on the urinary bladder, such as pressure from coughing or laughing.

Overactive bladder: It’s also called urge incontinence, because the need to urinate suddenly becomes so strong that an accident occurs if you don’t get to the bathroom quickly.

What causes urinary incontinence?

As you get older, you’re more likely to develop urinary incontinence because the bladder muscles weaken. However, urinary incontinence is not considered a normal part of aging. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, and vascular disease can also increase your risk.

Urinary incontinence has multiple possible causes:

  • Underlying health conditions: Urinary tract infections and constipation
  • Pregnancy and childbirth: Excess stress weakens pelvic floor muscles, and they can’t support the bladder
  • Menopause: Estrogen helps keep the lining of the bladder healthy, so low levels cause the tissues to deteriorate
  • Pelvic organ prolapse: Causes sagging of the bladder, bowel, or uterus
  • Medications: High blood pressure medications, sedatives, and muscle relaxants
  • Food and drink: Alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, spicy foods, and foods high in sugar tend to increase urine temporarily and stimulate the problem

What is fecal incontinence?

Fecal incontinence can range from occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. Fecal incontinence is embarrassing and difficult to talk about, but you can be assured that the doctors at UroGyn Specialists of Florida understand. When you talk to them about fecal incontinence, they’re able to help.

What causes fecal incontinence?

Just like urinary incontinence, age is a risk factor for fecal incontinence. Some of the possible causes include:

  • Childbirth by vaginal delivery
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Muscle weakness or damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of stretch in the rectum
  • Rectocele
  • Inactivity

How are urinary and fecal incontinence treated?

Treatment for both types of incontinence is tailored for each individual and may include dietary considerations, pelvic floor muscle exercises, bladder or bowel training, and medications. Both can also be treated with minimally-invasive robotic surgery, which uses a few small incisions and has faster recovery time than traditional surgery.

Our physicians are experts in minimally-invasive surgery, and they operate in our state-of-the-art surgical center that’s double-certified by the state of Florida and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.

About Us

UroGyn Specialists of Florida is proud to be an "all-in-one" gynecology and urogynecology team for their patients in the Orlando, Lake Mary, and Kissimmee areas in Florida. Christopher Walker, MD, FACOG, FICS, FPRMS, and his team believe in treating the entire woman. This all-in-one gynecology practice for women's health specializes in gynecology, urogynecology, cosmetic gynecology, aesthetic medicine, vaginal rejuvenation, minimally invasive and robotic surgery. One out of three women today will have some type of urology issues in her lifetime, and the team at UroGyn Specialists wants to be there to help when these problems happen. Bladder infections, bladder leakage, rejuvenation of the pelvic floor, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse, abnormal pap smears, endometriosis, heavy menstruation, vaginal discharge, PMS, hormone replacement, and many other women's health issues can be expertly addressed by the doctors. 

Many women delay getting the care that they need out of fear that the doctor will have "bad news" for them. The doctors at UroGyn Specialists want patients to know that virtually all gynecologic and urologic issues have a solution — but prompt attention is necessary. Call today to set up an appointment! 

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About Us

UroGyn Specialists of Florida is proud to be an "all-in-one" gynecology and urogynecology team for their patients in the Orlando, Lake Mary, and Kissimmee areas in Florida. Christopher Walker, MD, FACOG, FICS, FPRMS, and his team believe in treating the entire woman. This all-in-one gynecology practice for women's health specializes in gynecology, urogynecology, cosmetic gynecology, aesthetic medicine, vaginal rejuvenation, minimally invasive and robotic surgery. One out of three women today will have some type of urology issues in her lifetime, and the team at UroGyn Specialists wants to be there to help when these problems happen. Bladder infections, bladder leakage, rejuvenation of the pelvic floor, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse, abnormal pap smears, endometriosis, heavy menstruation, vaginal discharge, PMS, hormone replacement, and many other women's health issues can be expertly addressed by the doctors. 

Many women delay getting the care that they need out of fear that the doctor will have "bad news" for them. The doctors at UroGyn Specialists want patients to know that virtually all gynecologic and urologic issues have a solution — but prompt attention is necessary. Call today to set up an appointment! 


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UroGyn Specialists of Florida accepts most major insurance plans. Please remember to bring your insurance card(s) with you on the day of your appointment. Contact your primary care physician to obtain a referral from your insurance carrier, if it is required by your insurance. If this referral is not obtained by the time of your visit, you will be rescheduled. Additionally, under the rules of all HMO and PPO policies, patients will be responsible for paying their co-payment at the time of the appointment.

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