Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
If you leak urine during exercise, you are not alone; you likely have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Women with SUI also lose urine when coughing, sneezing, and laughing. It is a common problem affecting one in three women, many of them after childbirth. Fortunately, SUI is a curable problem.
Minimally Invasive Treatment
There is no need to limit your lifestyle when safe and effective treatment with immediate results and fast return to normal activities is available. The minimally invasive slings procedure combines the use of a safe material – polypropylene mesh tape – with a traditional incontinence treatment called the "sling" procedure to support the urethra.
The procedure takes about thirty minutes and only requires tiny and discrete incisions, and patients go home within hours afterwards. Most patients are continent immediately following the procedure and can resume normal, non-strenuous activity within a few days.
Are you a candidate?
The minimally invasive sling procedure is appropriate for most women, even those who are overweight, elderly, and have undergone previous operations for urine loss. However, this treatment is not recommended for women who plan a future pregnancy.
What are the success rates?
Approximately 85% of women become completely dry after surgery, while about 10% experience significant improvement. In one study, over 90% of women surveyed were still benefiting from the procedure eleven years later.
What are the risks?
Difficult urination and urinary catheterization, which were not unusual after the older more extensive continence procedures, have been reduced remarkably with this minimally invasive procedure.