Benefis Bladder and Pelvic Floor Treatment Center
Many people feel uncomfortable talking about personal topics like pelvic floor disorders and symptoms such as incontinence. Millions of people – men, women and children – have these same issues, but many do not seek treatment and compromise their quality of life. Fortunately, these very common medical problems can be treated successfully.
The types of pelvic floor disorders include:
- Urinary incontinence, or lack of bladder control
- Fecal incontinence, or lack of bowel control
- Pelvic pain, such as interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) and prostate pain
People with pelvic floor disorders may experience:
- Urinary problems, such as urgent and frequent need to urinate, painful urination or incomplete emptying of their bladder
- Constipation, straining or pain during bowel movements
- Pain or pressure in the vagina or rectum
- Muscle spasms in the pelvis
Many pelvic floor disorders can be treated successfully without surgery. For this reason, strategies such as behavior changes, physical therapy and medication are often the first approach for many patients.
Behavioral modification is used to treat urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and other lower urinary tract symptoms. The spectrum of behavioral treatments includes those that target voiding habits and lifestyle, as well as those that train pelvic floor muscles to improve strength and control. What they all have in common is that they improve symptoms by teaching skills and by changing the patient's behavior. Many patients experience significant reduction in symptoms and improvement in quality of life with behavior modification.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises have been recommended for urinary incontinence for decades. These exercises are performed to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, provide urethral support to prevent urine leakage, and suppress urinary urgency. Patients are also taught how to relax the muscle to improve bladder emptying and relieve pelvic pain caused by muscle spasm. When treating lower urinary tract symptoms, an exercise training program combined with biofeedback therapy is recommended.
Drug therapy is helpful in the treatment of urgency incontinence that does not respond to conservative measures. In addition, sacral neuromodulation (InterStim Therapy), bladder injections (Botox), and posterior tibial nerve stimulation can be used for the right candidate.
Neuromodulation can be used to treat urinary urgency, frequency, urge incontinence, urinary retention and fecal incontinence. Urologist Dr. Rollin Bearss offers sacral neuromodulation delivered by the Medtronic InterStim® System to help patients manage bladder and bowel systems. During a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, the InterStim neurostimulator—a stopwatch-size pacemaker-like device—is placed under the skin in the upper buttock. The lead from the neurostimulator is then carefully placed next to the sacral nerve. The InterStim system then delivers undetectable stimulation, which helps the brain and nerves to communicate so the bladder or bowel and related muscles can function correctly.
For patients whose symptoms fail to improve with nonsurgical treatments, surgical options are also available.
Don’t let embarrassment control your life. Call the Benefis Bladder & Pelvic Floor Treatment Center at 406.771.6750 to learn more about the treatment options best suited for you.
Benefis Bladder & Pelvic Floor Treatment Center
Benefis Medical Office Building #12
2800 11th Avenue South, Suite 12
Great Falls, MT 59405
Think you might have a problem?
If you experience bladder or bowel problems, but are not sure if you should seek help, answer the questions below.
- Do you sometimes feel you have not completely emptied your bladder?
- Do you have to rush to use the toilet?
- Are you frequently nervous because you think you might lose control of your bladder or bowel?
- Do you wake up twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?
- Do you sometimes leak before you get to the toilet?
- Do you sometimes leak when you lift something heavy?
- Do you sometimes leak when you exercise or play sports?
- Do you sometimes leak when you change from a seated or lying position to a standing position?
- Do you sometimes soil your underwear?
- Do you plan your daily routine around where the nearest toilet is?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a bladder or bowel control problem. Call the Benefis Bladder & Pelvic Floor Treatment Center to learn more about the treatment options best suited for you. It’s time to get back to living today!