Compassionate Team Provides Expert Urinary Incontinence Care for Women

Urinary incontinence, which affects women of all ages, is the loss of urine control. We know it can be difficult to talk about, but the specialized, multidisciplinary care team at University Hospitals makes it as easy and comfortable as possible to get you on the path to better urinary health.

Our highly trained experts in urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction are here to help. Regardless of your needs, our care team can design a personal care plan that helps you return to activities with family and friends without worry.

Expertise to Treat All Types of Incontinence

University Hospitals has the only program in Ohio to combine urology, urogynecology and colorectal surgery for female pelvic floor disorders. In addition, our highly trained experts in urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction are scientific leaders in their field. A breakthrough investigational study is currently underway at UH for using patient stem cells to correct a type of urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence is not a disease itself, but really a symptom of another condition and can occur in different ways – or can be identified through a range of types of female incontinence. For example, some urinary incontinence, called stress incontinence, only occurs during physical exertion such as heavy lifting or exercise or also when laughing, coughing or sneezing. Symptoms can also be due to pregnancy, childbirth or menopause.

The urologists at University Hospitals can help you better understand the cause of your urinary incontinence. Other, non-urinary-related health conditions can also be a factor so it’s important to see a urinary specialist to determine the specific cause of your urinary incontinence.

Our experienced urology team will conduct tests to learn more about your specific symptoms. One test, called the urodynamic study, consists of three parts:

  • Cystometrogram
  • Sphincter electromyography
  • Intra-abdominal pressure

This study evaluates the function of your bladder and urethra and helps our specialists determine how well the urinary outflow system does its job of storing, transporting and expelling urine. In just 60 to 90 minutes, this test allows us to understand the issues so our team can determine customized treatment plan that helps significantly reduce or eliminate your urinary incontinence symptoms.

Range of Specialized Urinary Incontinence Treatment Options for Women

Urinary incontinence treatment options depend on many factors. Your other health conditions, your age and lifestyle and your gender all must be considered. Our multidisciplinary care team will weigh those factors when designing your individualized and effective care path.

For women, UH urologists work in close partnership with UH gynecologists to create an individualized care path. Our multidisciplinary teams also include certified pelvic health physical therapists who can help patients strengthen muscles to improve bladder control to avoid the need for medication or surgery. Other non-invasive treatments may range from lifestyle changes and bladder training to electrical nerve stimulation. Men with UI can also benefit from physical therapy.

Leading Edge Surgical Procedures and Research

At our Pelvic Medicine & Surgery Center, our physicians spend additional years in fellowship training, refining and improving their knowledge in this field. They apply those skills to our

Other treatments may minimally invasive robotic surgery and pelvic floor procedures to correct or reconstruct genital or urinary systems to their proper function.

include surgical procedures to correct or reconstruct genital or urinary systems to their proper function. Many of these procedures use only tiny incisions and fiber optic scopes or robotic instruments for greater surgical precision, faster recoveries and better outcomes. For stress incontinence, procedures to correct weakened pelvic walls do not always require a hospital stay and typically have a 90 percent or greater success rate.

New urinary incontinence treatments are also being developed based research conducted at UH. One of our studies has shown patient-derived stem cells can correct. Our physician-scientists have also designed a proprietary biodegradable mesh which avoids the complications associated with conventional synthetic mesh used to correct female related urinary incontinence.

Above all, the providers and staff at UH Urology Institute are available to answer all your questions and discuss the many treatment options available.

Request an Appointment with a Urology Specialist

With UI, the sooner you begin addressing the issue, the faster our team can alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Please contact University Hospitals to schedule an appointment at 1-866-844-2273.