Voiding dysfunction often happens in older adults. In men, it might be called lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). In women, it is often called pelvic floor disorders. In both sexes, voiding dysfunction can include symptoms like:
- Feeling an urgent need to go to the restroom
- Leaking urine (incontinence)
- Trouble emptying your bladder completely
- Urinating frequently
Pelvic Floor Muscle Training
This type of physical therapy strengthens your pelvic floor to help stop incontinence.
Your doctor may prescribe medicines to help you better control symptoms of urinary or fecal incontinence.
A pessary is a special device inserted into your vagina to help keep your pelvic organs in place.
Your gynecologist can insert a mesh sling around your urethra (opening where urine comes out) or bladder to lift and hold them into place.
During prolapse surgery, your surgeon will move your pelvic organs back into position and insert slings to hold them there.
You may need to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, stop smoking, or change your drinking habits to control voiding problems.
Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
If a severely enlarged prostate causes voiding dysfunction, your doctor may perform surgery to remove part of the prostate and relieve pressure on the bladder and urethra. In this minimally invasive procedure, your doctor will insert a specialized camera and surgical tool through your urethra. This tool allows them to remove sections of the prostate. You won’t have any scars, but may spend one to two days in the hospital.
Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP)
During this technique, your urologist uses a laser to remove parts of the prostate blocking urine flow. They also use a specialized tool to cut away parts of the prostate. Like TURP, you’ll have no scars and have a fast recovery with just a day or two in the hospital.
Your doctor may examine your vagina and pelvis to identify vaginal prolapse.
Pelvic Floor Strength Tests
During these tests, your doctor tests the strength of your pelvic muscles. These muscles help control urination and bowel movements and support your uterus, bladder, and bowel.
Bladder Function Test
During bladder function tests, your doctor tests how well your bladder can store urine, how much urine it can store, and how well you can dispose of urine.
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