For some women, the symptoms of stress incontinence or overactive bladder don’t respond to conservative treatment. When urinary incontinence markedly disrupts your life, urinary incontinence surgery may be an option.
Before you choose urinary incontinence surgery, get an accurate diagnosis. Different types of incontinence require different solutions. If you plan on having children, you may wish to consider holding off on surgery until you’re finished with childbearing. The strain of pregnancy and delivery on your bladder, urethra and supportive tissues may damage or undo any prior surgical procedure.
There are Different Types of Urinary Incontinence
Stress Incontinence – Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is a when a woman leaks urine while she is laughing, coughing, or exercising. It is one of the most common types of incontinence, particularly in women.
Overactive Bladder – Overactive Bladder is caused by an overstimulation of the muscle that surrounds the bladder.
Urge Incontinence – Sudden onset of the strong desire to urinate and subsequent loss of urine the inability to hold urine long enough to reach a restroom, is associated with a sudden, intense desire to urinate that cannot be resisted.
Overflow / Enuresis – Involuntary loss of urine without any associated urge to urinate or physical activity. For example, wetting the bed while sleeping. Overflow incontinence is leakage that occurs when the quantity of urine produced exceeds the bladder’s capacity to hold it.
Functional Incontinence – Functional Incontinence is a medical condition that prevents a person from making it to the bathroom in time to urinate.
Causes of Urinary Incontinence Include:
Urinary Incontinence Repair
Dr. Erhard, of Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa, offers a surgical option called a sling that can dramatically improve urinary control, depending on the type of incontinence that is diagnosed. The sling is design to support the urethra and bladder to keep them firmly in place.
The Sling is a surgical procedure used to correct loss of urine (incontinence) during physical activity such as running, jumping, coughing, sneezing, lifting etc. A sling is a small strip of material that is inserted through an incision in the vagina and placed beneath the urethra. The permanent placement of the material causes the urethra to close when the patient puts pressure on the bladder from straining, laughing, coughing, etc. As a result, incidents of stress incontinence are improved or prevented.
Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa Offers Two Types of Slings
Tension Free Transvaginal Tape (TVT Sling)
The TVT is a brand of sling made of synthetic material that can be surgically placed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. The TVT Tension-free support for incontinence primarily consists of a mesh-like tape that is surgically inserted through the vagina to support the bladder neck and urethra. The TVT surgery will restore the normal position of the urethra placing a “sling” or mesh tape beneath the urethra. Uniquely, TVT provides support at the middle of the urethra, the section that is under the most strain during normal activities. This restores the urethra to a more natural position, thus correcting the leakage.
Transobturator Tape (TOT)
Transobturator Tape (TOT) is a small sling that is placed below the urethra. This outpatient surgery is performed at our Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa surgical center will correct most stress incontinence or bladder leakage. Most patients return to work or normal activities the next day!
Reclaim Your Life. For more information about incontinence and your surgical options, or to schedule an appointment, please complete our online form or call 952-473-6642.