What is the role of absorbent products in urinary incontinence treatment?

Updated: Mar 19, 2019
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Absorbent products are pads or garments designed to absorb urine to protect the skin and clothing. Both disposable and reusable forms are available. By reducing wetness and odor, these products help to keep patients comfortable and allow them to function in usual activities.

Do not consider anti-incontinence products to be a cure-all for urinary incontinence; however, judicious use of pads and devices to contain urine loss and maintain skin integrity are extremely useful in selected cases. Absorbent pads and internal and external collecting devices have an important role in the management of chronic incontinence.


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