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Incontinence (cont.)

Urinary Incontinence Prognosis

Urinary incontinence is a treatable condition with an excellent prognosis. Medical and surgical treatments for urinary incontinence can have very high cure rates. The choice of treatment depends upon the underlying cause for the incontinence and in some cases depends upon the willingness of the patient to participate in the treatment process (for options such as pelvic floor exercises and biofeedback).

Urinary Incontinence Prevention

It is not always possible to prevent urinary incontinence, and it is generally only preventable to the extent that its underlying causes are preventable. It can be possible for some people to reduce the degree of incontinence by dietary modifications, as discussed previously. Control of underlying diseases such as hypertension or diabetes that may predispose to incontinence can also help prevent its development. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoidance of tobacco can also help prevent some cases of incontinence.

Medically reviewed by Michael Wolff, MD; American Board of Urology


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