What is Laser Incontinence Treatment?
The involuntary leaking of urine, also known as incontinence, affects 25 – 45% of women. Pregnancy, childbirth, menstrual changes, and menopause are several common conditions that can lead to physical adjustments to the bladder and urinary sphincter. These changes often cause the pelvic floor muscles to weaken, which can make it difficult to control your urinary tract. At Clear Lake Dermatology in Webster, TX, Dr. Narin Apisarnthanarax and Dr. David Raimer treat incontinence with noninvasive laser technology known as the BTL Emsella. It's a seat that patients simply sit on while thousands of electromagnetic contractions are sent throughout their pelvis in an attempt to reeducate their muscles.
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Ideal Candidates for Laser Incontinence Treatment
Though urinary incontinence is often associated with women, some men have also been known to suffer from its afflictions. The BTL Emsella provides the best results for patients diagnosed with levels 0 and 1 of pelvic stress. However, this device is not recommended for patients who have:
- Currently tested positive for pregnancy
- Cardiac pacemakers
- Implanted defibrillators or neurostimulators
- Electronic implants
- Pulmonary insufficiency
- Metal implants
- Drug pumps
- Hemorrhagic conditions
- Anticoagulation therapy
- Heart disorders
- A malignant tumor
- A fever
Our Laser Incontinence Treatment Technique
The end goal of laser incontinence treatment is to reestablish neuromuscular control of the pelvis. We seek to achieve this for our patients by employing the use of the BTL Emsella, a noninvasive device that is designed for comfort and ease of use. It looks exactly like a chair, and it is used exactly like any other chair. In fact, patients don't even have to undress. Underneath the seat lies high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology that is used to send thousands of contractions to the pelvis. These contractions slowly reteach the affected muscles on how to properly function. Within about 30 minutes, the session will be over and patients will be free to go about their day with little to no side effects.
What to Expect After Laser Incontinence Treatment
Due to its entirely noninvasive nature, laser incontinence treatment does not require any patient recovery time. The contractions may cause some temporary stiffness for the rest of the day — and possibly moderate soreness the next day — but it is usually not severe enough to prevent you from taking part in your usual, daily activities.
Patients will usually need to schedule treatments twice a week for three weeks. After the sixth session, most people have significantly recovered from their urinary incontinence. Depending on the severity of the condition, some patients may need additional treatments. Results vary from patient to patient, and it is not uncommon to see improvement after only a few sessions or a slight worsening in the condition before improvement begins.
Laser Incontinence Treatment FAQ
How many treatments will I need?
The ideal number of treatments needed to address urinary incontinence can fluctuate regarding your particular issue. Commonly, many individuals should expect 4 – 6 treatments stretched out over the course of 3 – 4 weeks. Once Dr. Raimer or Dr. Apisarnthanarax has a chance to meet you and diagnose your symptoms right here at Clear Lake Dermatology in Webster, TX, we can then help you get a much clearer outline of your treatment process.
How soon do you see results with Emsella?
Many patients can see improvements after their first session. But typically, the results will continue to improve over a few weeks during your treatment regimen.
Do Emsella treatments hurt?
No, they don't. Most patients, if they feel any sensations at all, experience a slight tingling and tightening of the pelvic floor muscles, but it isn't uncomfortable. You'll be able to return to your daily routine immediately after treatment.
What are the different types and causes of urinary incontinence?
All of us have particular nerves and muscles in our bodies that help our bladder in its strength to retain urine. When these specific muscles and nerves incur damage, it can considerably impact our capability to hold in urine. Women are particularly at risk for bladder control issues, as there are several specific incidents that can specifically cause it, like childbirth, pregnancy, and menopause. There are several kinds of urinary incontinence, such as:
Is urinary incontinence permanent?
No, urinary incontinence can be addressed with numerous different approaches. In particular situations, like if the person is suffering from a urinary tract infection, constipation, or vaginal infection, it will probably recover on its own after the urinary tract has healed. More severe situations may warrant treatment that could range from a set number of weeks or months, depending on several factors. These instances normally arise when an individual has abnormal pelvic floor muscles or damage to the nerves.
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Treat Your Incontinence with Confidence
Thanks to laser incontinence treatment with the BTL Emsella, there's no need to feel embarrassed or concerned next time you're on a plane or long road trip. After just six sessions, the talented team at Clear Lake Dermatology can have your pelvic muscles as strong as they ever were. If you think you might be suffering from urinary incontinence, schedule a consultation today.