What Is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary Incontinence Treatment (Viveve) FAQs in Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker of Innovations in Women’s Health is a gynecological surgeon who offers obstetrician and gynecologist service to women in Corpus Christi. Our urinary incontinence FAQs help you understand the condition and the Viveve vaginal rejuvenation treatment.

What is Urinary Incontinence?

“Urinary incontinence” describes a condition in which urine accidentally escapes the bladder. There are several types of incontinence.

  • Overflow incontinence
  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence

What Type of Urinary Incontinence Do I Have?

Overflow incontinence is noted when the patient experiences leakage because the bladder does not completely empty the urine when you use the restroom.

Stress incontinence is noted when urine leakage occurs when there is pressure placed on the bladder, such as when the diaphragm pushes on the bladder when you laugh or when the abdominal muscles press on the bladder when you lift heavy objects.

Urge incontinence is noted when the patient has frequent intense urges to urinate and cannot make it to the bathroom in time.

What are the Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence?

  • Involuntary leaking of urine
  • Moist areas of urine on the underwear or other clothing
  • Urine odor

Why Do I Experience Urine Leakage?

Each patient is unique, but in most cases, the reason for urinary incontinence in women is related to the vaginal tissues. Stress due to childbirth or the natural aging process changes the characteristics of the vaginal tissues. As a result, the tissues are not adequate to close off the canal from the bladder.

Is Urinary Incontinence Just a Part of Aging?

It is true that the tissues of the vaginal canal thin as our bodies produce less urine, but this does not mean that you must live with the effects of urinary incontinence. Dr. Shoemaker can offer several suggestions for treatments that will decrease your urine leakage.

How is Urinary Incontinence Treated?

The Viveve procedure relies on a system that administered radiofrequency energy to the vaginal tissues. Viveve provides a gentle warmth that triggers collagen production. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, and you go home the same day. No downtime is needed.

What are the Benefits of Viveve?

  • It’s a single 30-minute treatment
  • One time only (no need for double treatment)
  • No downtime
  • Comfortable
  • No cutting or needles

Does Viveve Treatment Hurt?

No, Viveve is not a painful procedure. Our patients report the treatment as comfortable. You may experience a slight warming sensation during treatment.

Would you like to know more after reading our urinary incontinence FAQs? Contact Innovations in Women’s Health today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shoemaker. We proudly serve the communities of Corpus Christi, Texas.