Bladder Problems Specialist

Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG

OB/GYN located in Greenacres, FL

Bladder problems such as bladder infections or incontinence can interfere with your life and make things difficult. However, there are effective solutions available if you work with an experienced and skilled physician like Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG. Schedule an appointment today at his office in Greenacres, Florida, to receive personalized help from Dr. Charles.

Bladder Problems Q & A

What is Cystitis?

Cystitis is a bladder problem that causes inflammation of the bladder. It's commonly caused by an infection and is typically treated with antibiotics.

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a very common bladder problem, particularly among women. There are three main types of urinary incontinence, including:

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence: This type of urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder releases urine, even when you're not trying to urinate, due to stress. This is the most common type of urinary incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence usually occurs at times when your bladder is pressured to an unusual degree. This includes situations like laughing hard, lifting a heavy object, sneezing hard, or being pregnant. 
  • Urge Urinary Incontinence: Urge urinary incontinence is also called overactive bladder. In urge urinary incontinence, the need to urinate is so immediate and unpredictable that the urine suddenly exits the bladder. This urge to urinate hits so quickly that you simply may not have time to get to the restroom, resulting in a leak.
  • Overflow Urinary Incontinence: Overflow urinary incontinence is a less common form of urinary incontinence where the bladder never empties completely. As a result, urine accumulates in the bladder and may leak out at the wrong times.

The treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the type of incontinence and the individual patient. Lifestyle changes like weight loss (if needed) can greatly reduce urinary incontinence in many cases. Dr. Charles may also prescribe medications that can help reduce or even eliminate urinary incontinence.

What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer accounts for 5% of all cancer cases that are diagnosed today. This type of cancer occurs in the lining of the bladder, but it can spread to other parts of the bladder and even other parts of the body. Bladder cancer causes problems like:

  • Pain during urination
  • Increased urgency of urination
  • Low back pain

The treatment for bladder cancer depends on the individual case and whether the cancer has spread to other areas. Treatments may include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Specialized biologic treatments that can increase the body's cancer-fighting ability