How does biofeedback work for urinary incontinence?
When you get an urge to urinate, bladder muscles normally contract automatically. However, your impulse control may be weakened at times of stress, such as during strenuous activity or laughter. As well, your bladder muscles may be weak due to aging or injury. Incontinence is very common in men who’ve had certain types of prostate cancer treatment.
Urostym therapy for urinary incontinence will train you to exercise voluntary control over bladder and will strengthen your pelvic floor at the same time. It’s a lot like a workout for your bladder muscles.
With biofeedback, you will locate your pelvic floor muscles and more effectively use Kegel exercises. Oftentimes, patients think they’re “doing kegels” when in fact they activate their lower abdominal muscles instead of the pelvic floor.
Is it safe?
Yes, biofeedback is safe. It is non-invasive and doesn’t require the use of any medications.
What happens during the treatment session?
An electrical probe connected to a monitor will be inserted into your rectum. Other sensors may be attached to your body externally if required by your condition. Our nurse will then run a computer program that sends various signals via the probe and/or sensors to which you will respond by contracting the muscles in a controlled manner.
How long is the treatment session?
Each treatment session is approximately 30 minutes long.
What results can I expect from biofeedback?
76% of patient experience improvement of their incontinence symptoms within a short period of time. This improved condition can be maintained by correctly performing pelvic floor exercises.