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Incontinence

Biofeedback as treatment

09/03/1999

Question:

I have been plagued with urge incontinence since I was in my mid-40`s, about 6-8 years. I have tried exercise and medication to stop bladder spasms. Neither worked. Now the urologist is suggesting biofeedback. How does this work, and what is the record of success?

Answer:

Biofeedback works by making the patient more aware of the symptoms that they are experiencing and teaching them how to respond. It is effective in reducing symptoms in greater than 50% of patients. I suggest you discuss this with your urologist who should be able to answer your questions.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University