Overflow Incontinence Treatments
There are a number of causes of overflow incontinence, the two main causes are urinary retention or a blockage from stones or an enlarged prostate in men. Your treatment will depend on the cause. If the overflow is caused by a blockage, then the incontinence will be relieved by removing the cause of the blockage.
With urinary retention it is important to be able to fully empty the bladder to avoid infections from residual urine. This type of overflow incontinence will usually be treated with catheterisation. Your GP or Healthcare Practitioner will advise on the best method for you.
This involves inserting a small disposable plastic tube into the urethra in order to empty the bladder. Although it may sound a little daunting at first, many people find that this is an easy and the most convenient method of catheterisation. Click to find out more about intermittent catheterisation.
Indwelling catheters can be used as a short term or long term solution. This involves inserting a small plastic tube into the urethra, which can then be attached to a drainage bag or catheter valve. These types of catheter will need to be changed roughly every 4-12 weeks to avoid infection.
A suprapubic catheter involves making a small incision in the abdomen and inserting a tube directly into the bladder, therefore bypassing the urethra. For those who are looking at longer term catheterisation this may be a more comfortable option and lessens the chance of developing a UTI. You can attach a drainage bag or catheter valve in the same way you would an indwelling catheter.
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