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Bladder Control Problems Treatment
Many people who have incontinence do not seek treatment because they believe the only treatment available to them is surgery. This is a misconception; treatments for incontinence include behavioral, medical, and surgical approaches.
Generally, behavioral therapies are the first choice; because they are noninvasive and have no side effects, they are the safest. A variety of medical treatments are available. Surgery is usually reserved for people whose problem does not improve with behavioral and medical therapy.
Your overall medical condition, the type of bladder control problem you have, and your lifestyle will all determine which treatments are right for you. Talk to your health-care provider; together you can come up with a treatment plan that works for you.
George Lazarou, MD, FACOG
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