What are the criteria for use of anti-incontinence products in the treatment of neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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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. The criteria for use of these products are fairly straightforward, and they are beneficial in certain situations:

  • Failure of all other treatments and persistent incontinence

  • Illness or disability that prevents participation in care 

  • Inability to benefit from medications

  • Incontinence disorders that cannot be corrected by surgery

  • Awaiting surgery


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