Millions of people like cope with issues related to poor bladder or bowel control every day. Effective treatments are available at the Continence Center at The University of Vermont Medical Center and patients of all ages may resume a full and active lifestyle after treatment.
Incontinence: What You Need to Know
Incontinence is the inability to control the passage of urine or stool. It is currently estimated that 20 million Americans suffer with involuntary loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence) and that many of these people also have problems with bowel control (rectal incontinence).
At The UVM Medical Center we use a team approach to your healtcare. We are the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary center for the study and treatment of continence conditions in the region.
At the Continence Center we provide personalized care to both men and women who suffer from incontinence.
Experience, Trusted Expertise
Our team of specialists is committed to combining scientific research with the latest technology to provide our patients with compassionate, effective, individualized care to treat incontinence and pelvic support problems.
What is Incontience?
Incontinence can be associated with pelvic support problems, but can also occur separately. Pelvic support problems affect women exclusively in the urethra and bladder, the small intestine, the rectum, the uterus, and the vagina. When the supporting tissues of these pelvic organs are stretched or damaged, the organ may drop down and press against the wall of the vagina.
Symptoms of incontinence and pelvic support problems include:
- Involuntary leaking or soiling
- Frequent or difficult urination
- Waking up multiple times each night to urinate
- Unnoticed loss of feces
- Pelvic heaviness
- Aching in the lower abdomen, groin or
- Lower back
- Problems having a bowel movement
Continence Diagnosis and Treatment
Today there are many effective treatments available for regaining bladder or bowel control and resolving pelvic support problems. At the Continence Center, we offer a wide range of on-site treatments and therapies:
- Self-help and behavioral solutions
- Medical and minimally invasive solutions
- Surgical and reconstructive solutions
We are often able to help patients for whom treatments elsewhere have failed. After a precise diagnosis is established, we can tailor therapy to a patient’s individual needs, arriving at an improvement or cure in the shortest possible period of time. Should surgery become necessary, be assured that surgical therapy usually provides the most reliable long-term cure rates.
Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of incontinence.