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Incontinence Specialist

Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons

Urologic Surgeon servicing Dixon and Sterling, IL

Urinary incontinence can make getting through the day (and night) a real challenge sometimes, but you don’t have to suffer any longer. At Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons, which has locations in Dixon, Peru, Streator, Ottawa, and Princeton, Illinois, skilled urologist Steve Y. Chung, MD, offers noninvasive and minimally invasive solutions for urinary incontinence. You can end the urinary problems now with Dr. Chung’s help, so reach out online or by phone today.

Incontinence Q & A

Do I have stress urinary incontinence?

If you sometimes accidentally leak urine when you sneeze, cough, or make other movements affecting your abdominal muscles, you might suffer from stress urinary incontinence. Anything that weakens the muscles in your sphincter and pelvis can cause or contribute to urinary incontinence. 

Aging, pregnancy, obesity, respiratory illnesses with chronic cough, and many other things can potentially lead to urinary incontinence. Fortunately, stress urinary incontinence is easily treated in most cases. 

Do I have an overactive bladder?

You might have an overactive bladder if you have sudden urination urges many times during the day. Overactive bladder sufferers also tend to wake up twice or more during the night to urinate. Overactive bladder often leads to urinary incontinence because you might not always get to the bathroom fast enough. 

Many things can contribute to or cause overactive bladder, including chronic diseases like diabetes, certain medications, enlarged prostate in men, and bladder problems like stones. Some men and women have both overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence, which is called mixed incontinence. Dr. Chung can treat both underlying conditions and overactive bladder symptoms.

What is neurogenic bladder?

Neurogenic bladder refers to urinary symptoms caused by brain, spine, or nerve conditions or issues. Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and other conditions like spinal cord injury can lead to stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and other serious urologic problems. 

Dr. Chung treats neurogenic bladder with customized solutions that address both the cause of the symptoms and the symptoms themselves. 

How is incontinence treated?

Treatment at Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons is tailored for the specific kind of incontinence and symptoms. In most cases, noninvasive and minimally invasive solutions offer long-term relief for your urinary incontinence. 

Lifestyle changes like new urination schedules, dietary changes, keeping a bladder diary, and reducing liquid intake can help some incontinence sufferers. Medication can help with incontinence symptoms in some cases, as well. 

If lifestyle changes aren’t effective, a minimally invasive solution like Botox® can help. Dr. Chung injects Botox into your bladder to prevent over-contraction. This procedure, done in the Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons office in less than 30 minutes, can greatly reduce (or totally stop) your accidental urination.

InterStim™ neuromodulation is another excellent treatment option for urinary incontinence. Dr. Chung implants the tiny InterStim device during a minimally invasive procedure. It works by sending gentle electrical signals that stimulate your sacral nerve to normalize your bladder function.

Call Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons, or use the online scheduler to get effective help for urinary incontinence now.