Bladder Control Center
CMMC Offers Comprehensive Services at Bladder Control Center
Bladder control problems are more common among Americans than Alzheimer's disease or osteoporosis. Women are twice as likely as men to experience them.
Bladder control conditions cause quality-of-life issues. Even though urinary incontinence is fairly common, many people are reluctant to seek help because of embarrassment. They may also be unaware that effective treatment is available.
As a result, people with bladder control problems may be afraid to socialize because they fear venturing too far from a bathroom. Others are forced to limit physical activities. People lose sleep or experience unpleasant, even painful, symptoms. Common urinary complaints include:
- Leakage of urine with exercise, laughter, sneezing, coughing, etc. This is known as stress urinary incontinence.
- The need to hurry to the bathroom after feeling the urge to urinate. This is called urgency/urge incontinence.
- Chronic urinary tract infections
- Post-prostatectomy incontinence
- Urinary retention (the inability to void)
- Difficulty voiding
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination during the daytime (voiding more than seven times per day)
- Frequent nighttime urination
- The inability to start the stream of urination
- Straining in order to urinate
- Cystocele: When the bladder drops into the vaginal canal
- Rectocele: When the rectum drops into the vaginal canal
- Enterocele: When the small bowel drops into the vaginal canal
- Uterine prolapse: When the uterus drops into the vaginal canal
- Vaginal vault prolapse: When the uterus has been removed and the cuff of the vagina drops into the vaginal canal.
- Physical and neurologic examination of the pelvic area
- Cystoscopy: looking inside the bladder
- Urethroscopy: looking inside the water channel (urethra)
- Urodynamic testing: bladder function testing, as well as electromyography of the muscles around the water channel
- Bladder instillations: Used to help in diagnosing interstitial cystitis
- Collagen injections
- Pubovaginal slings/TVT/TOT
- Pelvic reconstructive procedures to correct prolapse and other anatomical defects
The compassionate and skilled medical professionals at the Bladder Control Center look forward to helping you improve your quality of life.