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Comprehensive Continence Program

The Comprehensive Continence Program at Keck Medicine of USC was created to offer high quality personal care and education for people who suffer from incontinence.

The Comprehensive Continence Program takes a multidisciplinary approach to incontinence, bringing together urologists, gynecologists, reconstructive surgeons, gerontologists and rehabilitation physicians. A commitment to innovation and excellence combined with ongoing research and teaching at the Keck School of Medicine of USC keep the doctors of the Comprehensive Continence Program among the forefront in their field.

Many factors can lead to the development of incontinence. Women who have had multiple childbirths or who are going through menopause are at risk. Men who have had prostate surgery may also be susceptible. Other causes include spinal cord injury, back injuries, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Regardless of the cause of the condition, its effects may be significantly reduced or even eliminated with treatment.

Any form of incontinence is restrictive and can interfere with your enjoyment and quality of life. Understanding your specific form of incontinence is very important in order to identify the appropriate treatment for you.
Our specialists are here to serve both you and your primary care physician, acting as partners in your personal health care.

Types of Incontinence

Urge Incontinence — is caused by an unstable bladder or bowel. A person suffering from urge incontinence feels an immediacy to urinate or defecate. It is caused by a sudden, involuntary contraction and is more common in older adults.

Stress Incontinence — occurs when an increase in abdominal pressure (such as heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing or laughing) causes an involuntary loss of urine or feces. This kind of incontinence happens mostly to women under 60 and in men who have had prostate surgery.

Mixed Incontinence — is a combination of urge and stress incontinence that accounts for a majority of all incontinence problems in older women.

Overflow Incontinence — occurs when the bladder or bowel becomes too full because it cannot empty completely. This condition is usually the result of an obstruction or injury. In men, it can be the result of an enlarged prostate.

Fecal Incontinence — is an inability to maintain control of one’s bowel movements. This can occur through disease, trauma to muscles or nerves, or as a consequence of earlier surgeries.

Many people seek help when they need to wear protection on a regular basis. However, it is advisable to visit your doctor sooner rather than later to determine the underlying cause of your incontinence. In rare cases, a serious disease such as bladder cancer can cause incontinence.

Contact Information

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8am/5pm
Phone Number:(800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273)



1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Last modified: February 12, 2019