Incontinence Specialist

Eugene C. Rajaratnam, MD -  - Urologist

Eugene C. Rajaratnam, MD

Urologist located in Lancaster, CA & Palm Desert, CA

Both women and men suffer from the embarrassing problem of incontinence, or involuntary urinary leakage. Many noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments for urinary incontinence are available to help you find relief and get your life back. Board-certified urologist Eugene C. Rajaratnam, MD, who practices in Lancaster, California, evaluates your specific case of incontinence and offers treatments to help restore your bladder control. If you’re ready to regain control over your bladder, call the office or book an appointment using this website.

Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

The involuntary leakage of urine is incontinence. It can be temporary, perhaps due to alcohol or caffeine stimulating your bladder, or chronic.

Incontinence isn’t all the same. The various types include:

  • Stress incontinence: leakage that occurs with pressure, such as jumping or laughing
  • Urge incontinence: a sudden, involuntary loss of urine
  • Overflow incontinence: dribbling of urine due to a bladder that hasn’t emptied completely
  • Mixed incontinence: a combination of the above

Urinary incontinence is common and can cause embarrassment, disrupt your social and work life, lead to urinary tract infections, and irritate the tissue around your genitals. As a result of urinary incontinence, you may get frequent urinary tract infections, a disrupted social or work life, and irritation of the tissue around your genitals.

Why does incontinence develop?

Women’s pelvic floor muscles weaken due to aging and childbirth. The decreased production of estrogen that occurs with menopause, or after a hysterectomy, often causes incontinence in women, too. Men can develop incontinence due to an enlarged prostate or because of prostate cancer.

Obesity or injury to the pelvic floor in an accident can cause incontinence in men and women. Some neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, can also cause incontinence.

What are the treatments for urinary incontinence?

Dr. Rajaratnam offers numerous treatments for urinary incontinence. After a thorough analysis of your case, he recommends the appropriate strategies. Dietary changes, such as reducing caffeine, can sometimes alleviate symptoms of incontinence. Exercises such as Kegels, which help you strengthen the pelvic floor, are also helpful in many cases. Medications and biofeedback may also help you.

Nerve stimulation is an option that involves sending electrical impulses to nerves in your lower back. These nerves control the bladder, sphincter, and pelvic floor muscles. The stimulation allows for greater control over these muscles and organs to alleviate symptoms of incontinence.

Some minimally invasive surgical procedures help treat urinary incontinence. These include sling procedures, in which a mesh-like piece of tissue (sometimes derived from your own body) is inserted to provide support to the weakened urethral muscle.

If you have an underlying condition, such as pelvic organ prolapse (women) or an enlarged prostate (men), Dr. Rajaratnam can help identify and resolve it to alleviate incontinence.

If you’re affected by leaking urine, don’t hesitate to call the practice of Dr. Eugene C. Rajaratnam, MD, or book an appointment online.

We see patients in the surrounding cities of Los Angeles and Brentwood. Call to book your appointment today.