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What types of incontinence can be treated surgically?

The most common condition treated surgically is stress incontinence (leaking when coughing or jumping), done by inserting a sling of material to support the urethra. Overactive bladder (frequent urination and urges to urinate) may also be treated surgically with the surgical implantation of an InterStim device (a pacemaker-like implanted device). If bladder control is exacerbated by a prolapsed uterus in a woman or an enlarged prostate in a man, surgery to correct those conditions may relieve the incontinence along with other symptoms.

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