How can surgery help treat overflow incontinence?

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If you have overflow incontinence because something is blocking your urethra (such as an enlarged prostate in a man) or bladder (such as a prolapsed uterus in a women), surgery can be performed to remove the obstruction. The procedures and results will depend on the exact cause and location of the blockage.

For example, a man with an enlarged prostate may undergo transurethral resection of the prostate, or TURP, an incision-free surgical procedure that reduces prostate tissues with an electrical loop. It relieves urinary obstruction in at least 75% of cases, and the improvement is usually long-lasting. However, urinary problems can recur if the prostate tissue grows back. While TURP may aid overflow incontinence, other types of incontinence may occur as a side effect of the procedure.

Women with incontinence resulting from a prolapsed bladder, uterus, or rectum may undergo procedures to reposition the out-of-place organs and shore up their support.

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