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Prognosis

Most women who seek treatment for urinary incontinence find that their symptoms improve. Bladder retraining can lead to good results after only a few weeks. Kegel exercises improve urine control in many women who use them consistently.

Surgery for urinary incontinence can be very successful. But it can result in one or more complications. These include:

  • Difficulty emptying the bladder

  • Bladder spasms

  • Bladder infection

  • Injury to the bladder during surgery

  • Return of incontinence

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