The short answer is yes, but let us explore how. Bladder leakage, also called urinary incontinence, is one of the most frustrating, embarrassing, and surprisingly common conditions, affecting tens of millions of people in the U.S. alone. It stems from a loss of nerve signal and of pelvic floor muscle function. But the good news is that urinary incontinence can be reversed.
Issues Causing Incontinence
Although most things get better with age, bladder control is not one of them. Age is usually the number one background contributor to loss of perfect nerve signaling and perfect muscle function. Some studies have estimated a 1% per year decline in the nerve signals to the pelvic floor. For millions of us, at some age, it becomes just enough of a deterioration to cause bladder leakage accidents.
For men, prostate surgery or radiation damages the nerves and the sphincter muscle tissues. For women, childbirth and pregnancy are the next reason these muscles and nerves are injured. Babies passing through the birth canal often tear the muscles in ways that don’t show up as problematic until decades later. And during pregnancy and delivery, the important nerve transmission lines can get stretched and injured. Think of a faulty wire causing a light bulb to dim or blink.
And then, on top of all of that, a variety of other conditions contribute to the loss of proper bowel and bladder function and control. Things like medications, spinal cord damage, radiation, surgery, cancer, and a broad range of health conditions that affect the nerves and muscles like myopathies, Parkinson’s, and a whole lot more.
For most of us, the problem starts small, with occasional leakage that slowly becomes occasional accidents, which soon become an every-day problem requiring pads, diapers and a severe limitation on your daily activities. Medications cover up the problem to some degree, but require long term pills with unwelcome side effects such as memory loss.
Reversing the problem is possible. In fact, resolving the symptoms completely is the norm with proper treatment. If the symptoms are mild and the leakage occasional, then pelvic floor training exercises may strengthen the body sufficiently to reverse the problem. Once the leakage has become more than just occasional with coughing or sneezing, then reversing it requires more than exercise therapy. It requires restoring the faulty wiring.
In this case, the key wires are the sacral nerves that send signals to the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles. The sacral nerve signal gets turned off by all those conditions I mentioned above. And turning them back on occurs when a small, pacemaker-like device is placed under the skin near the tailbone with some local anesthetic, utilizing one of medicine’s best-kept secret technologies. With this brand-new nerve signal, the muscles come back to life, and all the control, tone, and coordination for the bladder comes back to life as well.
So, yes, urinary incontinence can be reversed, with a combination of exercises and a miniature modern technology. The Sasse Surgical team is happy to tell you more, and we invite you to download a free special report with more information.