Nearly half a million women undergo a uterus removal procedure called a hysterectomy each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hysterectomies are often performed to treat serious health issues, such as cancer, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding, or uterine fibroids. While the procedure may be overwhelming or intimidating, it can lead to improved quality of life.
Unfortunately, some women experience urinary incontinence following a hysterectomy and should seek care from a doctor who specializes in treating incontinence, like our team at the Institute for Incontinence and Vaginal Reconstruction.
How Does a Hysterectomy Lead to Female Incontinence?
While not common, women may have trouble controlling their bladders following a surgical procedure to remove part or all of their uterus because the muscles of the pelvic floor or sphincter may be weakened. As a result, women may experience urine leakage when putting weight or stress on the bladder. Examples include sneezing, coughing, laughing, or lifting a heavy object. This is called stress urinary incontinence.
In some cases, the weakened pelvic floor muscles may contribute to what is known as urge incontinence, in which the bladder becomes overactive and may leak unexpectedly. The condition may feel like the sudden urge to urinate.
Learn more about the connection between a hysterectomy and female incontinence by visiting WebMD.com.
Continual leakage may occur if a fistula is mistakenly created during the hysterectomy. A fistula is an abnormal connection between different organs or structures, like the bladder and the vagina.
It is important to note that if you or someone you care about has lost control of her bladder following a surgical procedure (like a hysterectomy), then urinary incontinence can be treated. But it is necessary to receive an accurate diagnosis in order to develop an appropriate and effective treatment plan.
Contact Bladder Control Experts in Beverly Hills Today
If you have undergone a hysterectomy and have concerns about urinary incontinence, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled Los Angeles urologists today. Call 310.307.3552 or fill out our online contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly.