Leonard W. Liang, MD -  - Urologist

Leonard W. Liang, MD

Urologist located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Urinary incontinence is not a "normal" part of aging - it's a treatable condition, Dr. Liang helps patients in the Greater Los Angeles area determine the causes of their incontinence and find the best treatment to help them live more confident lives.

Urinary incontinence Q & A

by Leonard W. Liang, MD

What types of urinary incontinence are there?

Urinary incontinence can be relatively minor and infrequent or chronic and significant, resulting in regular soaking of undergarments. Over time, the symptoms of incontinence can change. The primary types of incontinence include:

  • urge incontinence, characterized by a sudden and undeniable urge to urinate followed by urine leakage; urge incontinence increases the need to urinate more frequently and may wake you during the night;

  • stress incontinence, which causes leakage when you sneeze, laugh, cough or exercise;

  • overflow incontinence, which results when the bladder doesn't empty completely and causes continual leakage or dribbling;

  • mixed incontinence, which describes a condition where more than one type of incontinence is present.

Different types of urinary incontinence require different treatment approaches.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Some of the most common causes of chronic urinary incontinence in men include:

  • enlarged prostate

  • prostate cancer

  • neurological disorders

  • blockage along the urinary tract, most commonly from a tumor

Temporary or acute incontinence can occur as a result of an infection.

Some lifestyle factors can also contribute to urinary incontinence, including:

  • alcohol

  • caffeinated or carbonated beverages

  • corn syrup or artificial sweeteners

  • high-acid foods including citrus fruits

  • obesity

  • sedentary lifestyle

  • older age, which can result in muscle laxity

Certain medications can also cause or exacerbate urinary incontinence, including sedatives, muscle relaxants, and blood pressure medications.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

Urinary incontinence can be managed in different ways depending on the type of incontinence you're experiencing. Both medical treatments and surgery are available to help treat the underlying causes and prevent urine leakage. Medicines to relax the bladder muscles are often the most common first step, followed by interventions like BOTOX injections or nerve stimulators. Surgery is usually considered when less invasive methods fail to provide relief.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Leonard W. Liang, M.D., is a provider for Medicare and most major insurance plans, and provides insurance billing. You are responsible for co-payments or charges that are not covered by your insurance. If you have questions regarding billing or which insurance plans we accept, please contact us. Questions regarding insurance coverage and benefits should be directed to your employer or insurance company.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Liang is extremely personable. He is always a great listener and offered many options for my problem starting with least invasive."

    Roy S.
  • RateMDs

    "Dr. Liang spent a lot of time with me. He patiently answered all my questions and carefully examined me and explained his plan for me."

    Verified Patient
  • RateMDs

    "My husband got a vasectomy by Dr. Liang. He did well and recovered without any problems. Dr. Liang has excellent bedside manner."

    Verified Patient
  • RateMDs

    "I was really sick at Good Samaritan Hospital with a kidney stone. Dr. Liang came in the middle of the night and relieved the blockage. "

    Verified Patient
  • Yelp

    "I feel very comfortable every visit. He is always a great listener and offered many options for my problem starting with least invasive. "

    Roy S.
  • Yelp

    "I would highly recommend Dr. Liang as well, because I work in the medical field and I've seen some terrible doctors, but Dr. Liang is the exception."

    Nicole M.
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    "He understands my issues and has done everything he can to help thus far; plus, he's quite friendly and knows what he's doing."

    Danielle R.
Location
Leonard Liang, MD
1513 S Grand Ave, Suite 300
Downtown

Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-335-6761
Fax: 213-748-7254
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