When a woman has urine leakage while laughing, sneezing, lifting objects, exercising, having sex, or coughing, it is known as stress urinary incontinence. While stress incontinence can occur in men, it is much more frequent in women. Stress incontinence causes a release of urine because of pressure or stress put on the bladder. Many patients with stress incontinence feel embarrassed and limit their social and physical activities, in order to reduce the effects of the condition on their life. At Ogden Clinic in Utah, we offer patients a urinary incontinence sling procedure which can reduce the unpleasant symptoms of stress incontinence.
Stress incontinence results from a weakened urinary sphincter and pelvic floor muscles. This can be a side effect of childbirth, and can occur soon after delivery or years later. Women are also more susceptible to stress incontinence if they are obese, smoke (which causes increased amounts of coughing), and participate in high-impact activities like running. Patients who have had a previous pelvic surgery, such as a hysterectomy, are also at increased risk for incontinence.
To treat stress incontinence, urology specialists at Ogden Clinic may recommend a urinary incontinence sling. During this procedure, the doctor will use a sling, made from natural or synthetic material, to lift the urethra and bladder neck into normal positon and increase urine retention. These slings can be made from tissue found within the patient’s body, donor tissue, tissue from a pig or cow, or a synthetic, man-made mesh.
To place the sling, the doctor will make small incisions inside the vagina and along the pubic hair line. The sling is inserted through one of the incisions and passed under the urethra and bladder neck, and then attached to the tissues found in the lower abdomen. The sling will keep everything in place as the body heals around it and it is incorporated into the tissue. Recovery from this procedure can take up to 4 weeks, but most women find it a very effective form of treatment for stress incontinence.
Do you have urinary leakage when you laugh or cough? If you are interested in learning more about the urinary incontinence sling procedure at Ogden Clinic in Utah, contact us today to schedule an appointment.