Diagnosing Incontinence in Men
Alternatively, the doctor might implant a male sling, which provides support for the urethra until it is time to urinate. This procedure secures the urethra to the pelvic bone and eliminates leakage of urine until it is so desired.
Biofeedback is a process known as mind-body therapy, and employs the idea that thoughts and feelings can control symptoms, and the overall health of the body. Through working with special scientific equipment, a physician can train patients to positively affect blood pressure, heart rate, and responses such as sweating. If successful, biofeedback can eliminate the need for medication or painful medical procedures, and can add to overall quality of life. Among the many conditions that can be treated by biofeedback is incontinence. It is considered very safe, because it will not interfere with any medications. However, it is not recommended for patients suffering from certain mental health conditions.
Typical biofeedback sessions will last between 30 and 60 minutes, but can vary in length depending on how quickly physical responses can be controlled. Electrical sensors attached to the body will record physiological functions as well as responses to stress. The machine will indicate responses via a beeping noise or flashing light, in order to associate a response with physical functions. By becoming alerted to these physical signs, patients can train themselves to “undo” them when they occur, by relaxing certain muscles or by changing breathing patterns.