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Oveactive bladder (urge incontinence) in extreme cases can affect daily life. But there's no need to put up with it as there are a wide range of treatments available - non-invasive as well as invasive. Dr Tricia Kuo, Consultant from the Department of Urology at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH), a member of the SingHealth group shares what they are.

Treatments for overactive bladder (urge incontinence)

  • Bladder management – bladder training, timed voiding, and urge suppression

  • Biofeedback, pelvic floor exercises, and behavioural techniques

  • Non-reversible surgery – to numb the nerves around the bladder

  • Nerve stimulation techniques – In addition to percutaneous tibial neuromodulation stimulation (nerve stimulation), another technique known as sacral neuromodulation system involves a fine electrode inserted near the nerves of the lower spine and a pacemaker implanted into the back to stimulate and control the nerves that supply the bladder, bowels, urinary and anal, and pelvic floor muscles. This procedure can be used for both urinary and bowel incontinence

  • Botox injections – administered via cystoscope (a thin tube with a camera) into the bladder, to relax overstimulated nerves

  • Medication – to decrease abnormal bladder muscle contractions and reduce pressure

  • Catheters, pads and underwear

Learn about the causes of an overactive bladder (urge incontinence) and how nerve stimulation treatment can help.

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