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Treatment Options for Men and Women
Bladder disorders can affect both men and women. If you experience bladder problems, your symptoms are unique to you and require specialized evaluation. OU Physicians urologists take the time to thoroughly examine you and determine the best course of treatment.
The information below explains a few of the more common bladder disorders and treatment methods available through OU Physicians for:
Incontinence (Bladder Control)
Urinary incontinence can be temporary or chronic. The condition may stem from childbirth, urinary tract infection, birth defects, nerve disorders or a number of other causes.
OU Physicians urologists utilize urodynamic, endoscopic and imaging tests to obtain an extensive evaluation of the lower urinary tract and determine a treatment plan for incontinence sufferers. Treatment may include:
Interstitial Cystitis (Chronic Pelvic Pain Disorder)
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes frequent, urgent and painful urination and pelvic discomfort.
Currently, there is no cure for interstitial cystitis. OU Physicians urologists prescribe treatment and lifestyle changes to provide the most relief possible. Treatment may include:
Bladder stones are usually the result of another urologic problem such as urinary tract infection, bladder diverticulum (pouches in the bladder), neurogenic bladder (loss of normal bladder function) or enlarged prostate.
Left untreated, bladder stones may cause permanent damage to the bladder or kidneys. OU Physicians urologists may suggest the following treatment options:
Bladder Fistula (Abnormal Bladder/Organ Connection)
A relatively rare condition, bladder fistula refers to an abnormal connection between the bladder and another organ or the skin. They may occur as a result of an injury or a previous urologic or gynecologic surgery or in relation to gynecologic cancers.
OU Physicians urologists will conduct an x-ray examination of the bladder to determine if you have bladder fistula. Treatment usually requires partial surgical removal.