Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the loss of urine with increases in intra-abdominal pressure as with coughing or sneezing. This may be secondary to urethral sphincter insufficiency, as in anatomic prolapse or sphincter injury. When there are significant symptoms, and sophisticated urinary bladder pressure studies confirm stress urinary incontinence, the Capital Region Urology physician may recommend a bladder neck suspension procedure to relieve the problem.
Capital Region Urology physicians will sometimes treat urinary incontinence with diet modification, having patients avoid liquids before bedtime, or by changing medications that may be causing the problem. Sometimes infection or illness inhibits a patient's ability to control bladder function. In these cases more aggressive treatment may be needed. Non-invasive outpatient procedures, biofeedback, medications and surgery are among several options.
Suspension and Sling Surgery Procedures
Suspension and sling surgical procedures may achieve bladder control for stress urinary incontinence. There are several types of slings, including the pubovaginal sling, the midurethral retropubic sling and transobturator slings, which support the urethra and help maintain bladder control.