Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control and is a common problem for women of all ages. It is a symptom that something else is happening in your body that could be a serious medical problem. There are several surgical procedures available to treat incontinence, including minimally-invasive options. This year, St. Francis earned designation as a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gyncologic Surgery, so you can be sure we have the experience you need to have a high quality experience.
The more you understand how your bladder works, the better you will be able to control your incontinence. Most cases of urinary incontinence can be treated successfully, and the earlier you seek intervention and medical attention, the better the cure rate.
Before surgery, your doctor can help you:
- Determine your type of urinary incontinence: urge incontinence, stress incontinence, or mixed incontinence, a combination of both conditions
- Explore possible factors leading to your incontinence
- Offer non-invasive rehabilitation treatments
- Medically manage your condition
If surgery is needed, there are several options:
- Urethral sling surgeries to treat urinary incontinence involve placing a sling around the urethra to lift it back into a normal position and to exert pressure on the urethra to aid urine retention.
- Retropubic suspension surgery is used to treat urinary incontinence by lifting the sagging bladder neck and urethra that have dropped abnormally low in the pelvic area. Retropubic suspension is abdominal surgery, where access to the bladder and urethra is gained by making an incision in the abdominal wall.
- During a tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure, a meshlike tape is placed under your urethra like a sling or hammock to keep it in its normal position.
Your physician can advise you as to the procedure or non-surgical treatment that would be best for you.