How does the treatment of urinary incontinence vary by type?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Successful treatment of urinary incontinence must be tailored to the specific type of incontinence and its cause (see Treatment). The usual approaches are as follows:

  • Stress incontinence - Pelvic floor physiotherapy, anti-incontinence devices, and surgery

  • Urge incontinence - Changes in diet, behavioral modification, pelvic-floor exercises, and/or medications and new forms of surgical intervention

  • Mixed incontinence - Pelvic floor physical therapy, anticholinergic drugs, and surgery

  • Overflow incontinence - Catheterization regimen or diversion

  • Functional incontinence - Treatment of the underlying cause


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