We offer Vancouver urinary incontinence treatments (in Surrey), using radio frequency technology. This is similar to laser treatments for incontinence or vaginal tightening.
Vaginal tightening with our radio frequency solution can not only improve urinary issues (leaky bladder), it can help with vaginal dryness, sexual pleasure, and more.
While urinary incontinence can happen in both men and women, it is far more prevalent in women. This is because of the many bodily changes that happen in the typical lifespan of a woman. For example, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause can all cause the pelvic muscles and organs to weaken, thus leading to feminine incontinence. The urethra in a woman is also shorter than a man’s. So when it is interfered with, or changes in any way, it has less ‘power’ to hold in urine.
At our Surrey clinic, we only treat female urinary incontinence. We also only offer one solution for this, which is with a special handpiece on the ThermiRF® machine that we use. You can read more about it, here.
Our clinic is run by a licensed, practicing family doctor. The advantage of using our services to solve urinary incontinence is that he can treat your condition from a medical point of view – not just an aesthetic one. Your incontinence can be caused by multiple reasons. So, before you undergo this procedure, it will be important to know whether you’ll get any benefit from vaginal tightening in Vancouver.
The best way to find out if you can be treated with our radio frequency device, is to see your doctor, or book a consultation at our clinic. We’ll be able to analyze your case, answer questions you may have, and offer recommendations.
Please note: our Surrey urinary incontinence treatments are not covered by MSP in BC, nor most private insurance carriers.
We regularly treat patients for a variety of issues, and they stem from all over the Lower Mainland including Vancouver, Surrey, Delta (Tsawwassen and Ladner), Langley, White Rock, Aldergrove, New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, and even as far as Squamish, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Bellingham in the USA. We’re well worth the drive!
What causes urinary incontinence in women?
Urinary incontinence can happen for a variety of reasons. These can include:
- Neurological disorders (e.g. diabetes, multiple sclerosis)
- Bladder infections
- Obesity or weight gain
- Medication side-effects
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Surgeries in the pelvic region
And so on.
The condition is usually related to some other event that has happened in the body, such as pregnancy or a disease. At some point in time, the muscles in the pelvic region, or in the bladder and urethra, lost their strength. Without this strength, they can not function properly. Namely, the sphincter muscles can no longer ‘squeeze’ shut, to hold in urine. This can happen from a loss of estrogen, from nerve damage, from pressure being placed on the bladder, or from other factors.
Since there are many possible root causes of incontinence, we would encourage you to see your doctor if you are experiencing leakage of any kind – even a little bit. It will be important to rule out serious complications to your health before seeking cosmetic fixes, or other non-prescriptive solutions.
Not only that, some solutions for a leaky bladder may not work if they are addressing the wrong problem. For example, if you opt for vaginal tightening at a laser clinic like ours, but your root issue is a neurological one, then you may be wasting your time and money.
What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence? How do I know if I have it or if I just leak a little?
Not all urinary incontinence results in bed wetting or needing to wear an adult diaper.
You may only leak a little, such as when you laugh, cough, jump or lift weights. Perhaps the leaks started after you gave birth, or maybe you’ve been wearing pads on a daily basis for years, believing the issue just comes with age. And, because it’s only a little, you may think it’s no big deal, or a ‘normal’ thing that women go through. However, you may have a diagnosable problem that can be solved.
Common symptoms of urinary incontinence include:
- Extreme or sudden pressure to urinate, especially if it’s more than 8 times per day, or waking up more than twice at night to go to the bathroom. Then, when you go, perhaps only a little comes out.
- Leaking easily when laughing, coughing, exercising or exerting any effort in the abdomen or pelvis area.
- Leaking when drinking water or even hearing water run.
- Wetting the bed, or not being able to hold in urine before you get to a toilet.
- Feeling like urine is ‘blocked up’ and the bladder is not emptying upon going to the bathroom.
Types of urinary incontinence in women
Based on the above symptoms, urinary incontinence is usually diagnosed as one of three types. They include:
This is when your pelvic floor muscles have become weakened, usually due to pressure being put on the bladder and urethra. This is the most common type of incontinence. It can happen in younger women, too.
This is also called “overactive bladder.” This is when you feel a dramatic urge to go to the bathroom, but when you get to the toilet, the amount you release doesn’t feel like that much. That urge can happen several times per day, and into the night. It can also be triggered by small things, like drinking water, as mentioned above. This type of incontinence is more common in older women.
As the name suggests, this is when a woman experiences both types of incontinence described above.
What options are there for feminine urinary incontinence?
There are multiple ways to treat urinary incontinence in women. However, some can bring complications with them, whereas others may not work for everyone. Some are covered by MSP or private insurance, and others are not. Aside from the non-invasive services offered at our clinic, other treatments can include:
Kegel exercises (pelvic floor exercises)
These are intentional contractions and relaxations of the pelvic muscles, performed by you in a certain pattern, and at certain times, to help strengthen the body parts that control urine release. We encourage you to research this topic in further detail, to ensure you are doing these in the right way. Doing them wrong can make your condition worse.
Some medications and topical prescriptions may help with bladder control in women. Your doctor will be able to provide more information about the options that can work for you.
Vaginal pessaries (urethral insert)
These are reusable devices that are inserted into the urethra or vagina. They are typically made of silicone or plastic. They help to block the urine a little better, to prevent leaking. They should be removed for cleaning, based on a predetermined schedule. Since there are many kinds of pessaries, you should speak to your doctor about these details.
Another type of pessary looks like a tampon, and can be bought over-the-counter where feminine hygiene products are sold. These are meant to be thrown away every time you urinate.
In some cases, Botox® can be used to relax the bladder muscles. This can help remove pressure on the bladder, which may be the cause of incontinence. While we offer Botox® for many reasons at our clinic, incontinence is not one of them. Keep in mind that even if you do find a provider offering Botox® for incontinence, these injections need to be repeated every 3 months or so.
Injectable bulking agents
These are small materials suspended in liquid gel. They are meant to thicken the urethra and bladder. They can contain collagen, or other substances. They also must be re-injected at intervals, since they won’t last permanently. They can come with complications such as infections, pain and shifting of the agent after it is injected.
Invasive options for urinary incontinence are usually a last-resort, and even then, they are only useful for women who don’t plan on getting pregnant. These procedures can have adverse side effects, which can be painful. Surgical options for urinary incontinence include a sling procedure or a colposuspension (also called a Burch procedure). In either method, the idea is to limit the flow of urine, by creating some sort of ‘block’ internally.
Whether with electric stimulation, biofeedback (ultrasound) or otherwise, there are therapies that can be pursued to help strengthen and control the muscles involved in urine release. These can come part and parcel with Kegel exercises and bladder training, which you’ll need to practice regularly at home.
What is the cost of urinary incontinence treatments at your Surrey clinic?
Urinary incontinence treatments at our clinic can vary depending on the severity of your condition, and the number of treatments needed to solve your case. We may suggest various technologies or medications, which can also affect price. We will need to see you for an in-person consultation before giving you a quote to treat urinary incontinence at our clinic.
To give you a general idea of cost (not to be taken as a final rate), we can say that most patients require at least three treatments in an initial set of radio frequency sessions. These start at roughly $2,800 for all three. Thereafter, regular maintenance treatments will be required. The intervals at which you’ll need maintenance treatments for a leaky bladder can vary. Most women do fine with just one maintenance treatment per year. These cost roughly $1,000 each.
Our services to treat urinary incontinence or overactive bladder are not covered by MSP, nor most private insurance carriers.
Prices on this website are to be used as a guide, and not a definite cost for your treatment. Prices can change at any time.
Procedure results are not guaranteed, and can vary from patient to patient.