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Urinary incontinence

Loss of bladder control

We offer a number of effective treatments to help with urinary incontinence (the accidental passing of urine)

About

Urinary incontinence refers to the accidental passing of urine. It affects up to 3 million people in the UK, including 15% of women and 5% of men in their mid-40s. Instances of it increase with age. There are different types of urinary incontinence, from stress to giggle incontinence. Depending on the cause, we offer various effective treatments.

Need to know

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    There a different types of urinary incontinence, each with their own symptoms. - Stress incontinence: leaking during periods of abdominal pressure (coughing, sneezing, lifting and straining). - Urge incontinence: leaking when you feel a sudden urge to pass urine. - Mixed incontinence: combined stress and urge incontinence. - Overflow incontinence: when you're unable to fully empty your bladder. - Functional incontinence: inability to urine because of brain or mobility disorders. - Post-micturition dribble: leaking after passing urine. - Giggle incontinence: leaking after giggling or laughing.
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    Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you to make a diagnosis. They will mostly likely take a urological history to find out what type of incontinence you have. And they may carry out a physical examination, which could include an examination of your abdomen, rectum or vagina. Additional tests may also be carried out, including general blood tests, urine tests and ultrasound scans. Your GP or consultant urologist will explain which tests are right for you.
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    Depending on the cause, we offer a number of simple yet effective treatments for urinary incontinence. These may include pelvic floor exercises taught by a specialist physiotherapist; lifestyle changes (like reducing caffeine intake); drug treatments; and minimally-invasive surgery, such as tension-free vaginal tape or transobturator tape. Your GP or consultant will explain your treatment options and help you settle on the best approach for you.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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