Bladder & Incontinence

Problems with the bladder are not unusual, but can be distressing and result in loss of confidence and reduction in our quality of life as it interferes with day to day activities. The sudden involuntary loss of urine, or difficulty holding onto urine in the bladder is extremely common, affecting 60-70% of all women and more so after childbirth and additionally with advancing age. At the Surrey Park Clinic we look to diagnose and find solutions to get you back to a comfortable, confident life again.

Types of incontinence

There are two types of incontinence:

Stress incontinence

This is where loss of urine occurs with straining, coughing, laughing or sudden movement. It is usually due to a change in the pelvic anatomy or weakening of the pelvic floor, so when there is a rise in abdominal pressure, the direction of pressure does not act to close the urethra (tube leading from the bladder), but instead is directed on the bladder resulting in involuntary loss of urine.

Bladder instability

Symptoms can include:

  • Urgency to pass urine (having to dash to empty bladder).
  • Frequency of emptying (small or large volumes).
  • Getting up at night to pass urine. These symptoms indicate unstable bladder, which can be due to incorrect impulses from the nerves supplying the bladder.
  • Over-activity of the bladder muscle.
  • Polyps or lesions in the bladder causing irritation.
  • Infection or inflammation.
  • Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection.

Our treatment plans

You can book an appointment to see one of our experienced consultants who will:

  • Complete a medical history and examination.
  • A urine sample and cultures may be required.
  • A bladder/kidney scan may also be required.

Following a review of the results the consultants will create a treatment plan that is personalised to you.

At the Surrey Park Clinic, we are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of bladder and incontinence issues and offer personalised care at our friendly clinic at a time to suit you.