Oakwood Womens Centre

Surgical Options for Incontinence

Our Round Rock Ob/gyns define the many surgical options that are available to treat incontinence

Women who suffer from urinary incontinence may require surgery if other treatments, such as lifestyle modification, behavioral changes, medication and non-invasive methods, have not worked to improve their incontinence symptoms.

Our Round Rock ob/gyns hope to improve a woman’s quality of life and give her relief by providing the most up-to-date treatment options for the problems caused by incontinence.

Sling procedures

The midurethral sling procedure is the most commonly used procedure for stress urge incontinence (SUI). This outpatient surgery involves placing a sling under the urethra to act as a support system that also lifts the neck of the bladder and the urethra. The minimally invasive incontinence surgery is usually complete in about 30 minutes, and patients can go home the day of surgery.

There has been a lot in the news about law suits brought by women with bladder slings and bladder mesh, usually associated with surgery for pelvic organ prolapse; however, the FDA has approved this material. Our Round Rock ob/gyns recommend that you discuss any surgery involving bladder slings thoroughly, asking questions to become more informed.

Retropubic suspension

Retropubic suspension is usually performed laparoscopically, a minimally invasive surgical technique. The most common type of retropubic suspension is called a Burch procedure. During this incontinence surgery, the surgeon lifts the bladder neck, reinforcing and supporting the bladder neck and urethra by using sutures to secure it to your pubic bone.

Nerve stimulation (InterStim therapy)

Patients who suffer from overactive bladder (OAB), a form of incontinence, may benefit from nerve stimulation procedures. The sacral nerve, located in your spine, is involved in bladder control. Sacral nerve stimulation works by delivering electrical impulses to the sacral nerves to help block the wrong messages being sent by your overactive bladder, urging you to urinate frequently.

Our Round Rock ob/gyns want patients to understand how this incontinence procedure is performed. This minimally invasive procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. During sacral nerve stimulation, after a trial period, the surgeon places a pacemaker-type stimulation device beneath the skin of the upper buttocks using local anesthesia. You adjust the amount of stimulation using a remote-control style device.

Our Round Rock Ob/gyns treat your incontinence issues with the most effective, up-to-date procedures available today

Incontinence can take a mental and physical toll on a woman’s life, and our Round Rock ob/gyns help you with the causes and symptoms of incontinence. Contact us to learn about the best treatment for you.