Urinary Incontinence In Men Specialist

Jenelle E. Foote, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Urologist located in Atlanta, GA

Urinary incontinence is common among men, especially as you age, and it affects 11-34% of older men. If you’re experiencing urine leakage, visit expert urologist Dr. Jenelle Foote at Midtown Urology. She can reduce or eliminate the uncomfortable symptoms of urinary incontinence and help you regain control of your bladder. Call the Atlanta, Georgia office or book an appointment online.

Urinary Incontinence in Men Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is when you lose control of your bladder, leading to an involuntary loss of urine. There are several types of urinary incontinence that affect men, including:

  • Stress urinary incontinence: loss of urine from actions such as coughing or running
  • Urgency incontinence: sudden, strong urgency quickly followed by involuntary loss of urine
  • Transient incontinence: short-term loss of control of urine
  • Functional incontinence: caused by a physical disability or medical condition
  • Overflow incontinence: improper emptying of the bladder leading to overflow leakage

What causes urinary incontinence in men?

In men, urinary incontinence results from either an issue with the brain signaling the bladder or weak bladder muscles, but sometimes it’s a combination of both. It can also develop as a result of a disease or condition such as:

  • Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Physical inactivity or obesity
  • Neurological conditions
  • Chronic coughing

How is urinary incontinence treated?

Treatment for urinary incontinence varies and depends on the type.

Urgency Incontinence and Stress Incontinence

For urgency and stress incontinence, Dr. Foote may recommend behavioral and lifestyle changes at first, such as pelvic floor exercises, bladder training, and limiting your fluids to help reduce urine leakage.

If these techniques don’t reduce the frequency of urine loss, Dr. Foote may recommend other treatments, such as:

  • Medication: to relax your bladder, decrease spasms, or to treat an enlarged prostate
  • Electrical nerve stimulation: alteration of bladder reflexes with electrical stimulation
  • Bulking agents: injection of collagen or carbon beads to thicken tissue around your urethra

If the more conservative treatments fail to improve your incontinence, Dr. Foote may suggest the use of medical devices, such as:

  • AUS: a device that keeps the urethra closed until you’re ready to urinate
  • Male Sling: urethral support for better control over urine flow

Overflow Incontinence

If a blockage in your urinary system causes your overflow incontinence, Dr. Foote may use surgery to remove the blockage, which can improve or stop leakage. If a blockage isn’t the cause of your overflow incontinence, she might recommend using a catheter.

Functional Incontinence

Dr. Foote may recommend protective undergarments for help with functional incontinence.

Transient Incontinence

If you’re experiencing transient incontinence, Dr. Foote may be able to improve your symptoms by treating the underlying cause, such as constipation or a urinary tract infection.

For help managing your urinary incontinence, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking agent.

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