Bladder problems are common as we get older but should never be regarded as normal. Greater understanding of the nature of the problem and modern minimally invasive treatments mean that most cases are treatable with excellent results.

Many women, particularly after childbirth and as they get older will experience difficulty holding on to their urine. There are two main types of urinary incontinence categorised as follows:

  • Stress incontinence – urine might leak when there is increased pressure on the bladder such as laughing, sneezing, coughing or running.
  • Urge incontinence – a sudden, intense urge to go to the toilet which can be followed by leakage of urine.

In addition the condition of overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder has failed to empty fully this is usually due to an underlying neurological condition.

TAC offer non-operative treatments and modern minimally invasive treatments for urinary incontinence. Our experienced team will investigate the causes of the problem and deliver the most appropriate treatment option which include; mid-urethral tape operations, bulking of the bladder neck and botox to the bladder. We also carry out colposuspension, a major procedure which is appropriate in a small number of cases.

Needing to go to the toilet frequently or rushing to the toilet and not getting there in time may also lead to incontinence. This is typically treated with conservative measures including lifestyle advice about fluid intake and which foods and drinks may stimulate the bladder.

A physiotherapist can help with pelvic floor strengthening and bladder re-training. If these measures are unsuccessful then medication may be used. Surgical treatment in the form of Botox treatment to the bladder may be required if medication does not resolve the problem.