Our physicians offer surgery to correct incontinence, including traditional and minimally invasive procedures.
Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is prompted by a physical movement or activity – such as coughing, sneezing, or heavy lifting – that puts pressure (stress) on the bladder. Although SUI can happen at any age, it is more common in women between ages 35 and 60.
Women who have SUI often feel embarrassed and limited in their activities, particularly exercise and leisure. With treatment, however, women are likely to be able to manage the condition and improve their overall quality of life.
St. Luke’s OB/GYN – Stoneridge offers surgery to correct incontinence, including traditional and minimally invasive procedures. Such procedures may correct the loss of urine during physical activity, such as running, jumping, coughing, sneezing and lifting.
Minimally Invasive Suburethral Sling Procedure
Through a small vaginal incision, a permanent mesh-like material is placed underneath the mid- portion of the urethra. The material remains as a permanent sling under the urethra. The sling causes the urethra to close when a patient puts pressure on her bladder. As a result, episodes of stress incontinence are prevented or improved.
Benefits of the Suburethral Sling Procedure
- Minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed through a small vaginal incision
- Procedure takes about 30 minutes
- High success rate in treating stress incontinence
- May improve symptoms of overactive bladder
- Return to work in 3 to 5 days