Referrals & Appointments
Edward's Urogyne Services offers several treatment options for incontinence. For more information about Edward treatment programs, please call (630) 527-5120. Learn more about these options below:
Kegel exercises: Kegel's aren't just for pregnant women. Performing Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
"E-stim", a non-invasive, low-voltage electrical stimulation to the pelvic floor muscles helps to stimulate the sensory system or elicit a muscle contraction. It can act to calm an overactive bladder muscles and improve muscle strength.
Biofeedback is a measuring system to increase awareness of when the pelvic floor muscles are contracting. Such a system can be as simple as a hand mirror used to observe muscle contractions, or as complex as an electronic device that detects when pelvic muscles contract.
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With this treatment option, patients maintain a journal and learn how to consciously alter the bladder's schedule for storing and emptying urine. This can be quite effective for urge and overflow incontinence.
Medications are available to help calm an overactive bladder and allow it to relax and fill
Minimally invasive surgery
This is an option for persistent and severe stress incontinence that doesn't respond to conservative treatment.
Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) sling
TVT is one of the most successful surgeries for stress incontinence. Slings are placed in the body to prevent stress incontinence by supporting the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. Click here to learn more.
For most patients, a complete medical history and patient interview will determine an individualized treatment plan. However, more specific and detailed information may be needed for patients needing surgery, or who have complicated symptoms. In these cases, the doctor may recommend urodynamic testing - the diagnostic study of the function of the lower urinary tract (the bladder and the urethra). Measurements of urine pressure and flow rate are used to evaluate how the bladder carries out its functions. The results may give insight into why other treatments have failed and/or what is causing the continence. Testing is complete on an outpatient basis.