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Urinary Incontinence Treatments

Urinary incontinence is a common problem with women, especially women over age 40 or who’ve had multiple pregnancies. The bladder support tissues and muscles may become weak, causing accidents when you sneeze, laugh, exercise, or lift a heavy object. Symptoms can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists offers several urinary incontinence treatments.

Urinary Incontinence Treatments

Bladder Sling

There are several surgical procedures designed to correct urinary incontinence. The most common option chosen, and the least invasive, is a Mid-Urethral Sling. A thin strip of synthetic mesh material is placed under the mid-portion of the urethra to act as a hammock to lift and support.

Are you aware?

  • The success rate of bladder sling surgery is 90%. This will generally resolve the problem completely and immediately. Slings also have a long-term success rate, proven by multiple scientific studies.
  • The bladder sling surgery is quick (less than 30 minutes) and is done with minimally-invasive techniques with little or no pain or scarring, and a very short recovery time. This is an outpatient procedure, using only minimal anesthesia.
  • You typically can be back at work in 2-3 days. Most surgeries are done through the vagina, while others have tiny external incisions.
  • Nationally, complications with bladder sling surgery are less than 1% – and even less through the history of Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists. Hundreds of thousands of women have had this type of surgery, and we have great experience with bladder slings.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists also offers other minimally  invasive urinary incontinence treatments. We perform Burch Urethropexy, a minimally invasive robotic procedure done with the daVinci system that requires only four to five, 8mm incisions. It is an outpatient surgery, so you typically can go home the same day. The recovery usually is 1-2 weeks.