Urinary Incontinence

One in four women over the age of 18 must cross their legs before they sneeze, have to plan their coughs, and are sure to control their laughter in order to avoid the unavoidable… leak.

At Winneshiek Medical Center, we understand and respect your need for privacy, and have taken additional steps to make treatment for urinary incontinence as personal as possible.

Urinary incontinence care at Winneshiek Medical Center

Urinary incontinence care and treatment is provided by Brad Orvis, M.D., urologist and incontinence specialist with Mayo Clinic Health System at Winneshiek Medical Center. Dr. Orvis has more than 20 years of experience in the incontinence field and offers specialized evaluation for patients with incontinence as well as both surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Dr. Orvis says, “Urinary incontinence is not a disease itself. Many times, incontinence is a symptom of an underlying condition that, when treated, reduces or eliminates urinary incontinence.” Conditions that may cause urinary incontinence can include: weakened muscles, nerve problems, an obstruction in the urinary tract, or infection. Dr. Orvis adds, “Urinary incontinence also affects your quality of life. As patients struggle with bladder control, they may begin to isolate themselves from social situations to avoid embarrassing leaks, and older adults increase their risk of falls as they rush to make it to the restroom in time. Specialized physicians and therapists are available locally to create a care plan to help you find relief from urinary incontinence.”

One therapy complimenting urological care at Winneshiek Medical Center is called urinary incontinence retraining, offered by occupational therapist, Jennessa Luzum, OTR/L in the Winneshiek Medical Center Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Department. Urinary Incontinence Retraining revolves around exercises, behavior modification, and patient education. Patient progress is evaluated by the progression of pelvic muscle strength and endurance through external sensors and computer readings.

The program also focuses on patient education. Luzum says, “Patients may not even be aware they are using – or not using – a certain muscle. When we look at the computer screen together and a patient can see in real time if she is contracting a muscle correctly, she will connect a specific feeling with that particular muscle – it helps her to know what to work for when she is doing exercises at home.”

To learn more about urinary incontinence and the treatment options offered at Winneshiek Medical Center, make an appointment with Dr. Orvis by calling 563-382-2911.

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