Stress Urinary Incontinence
Changing the Lives of Women of Every AgeStress urinary incontinence is a depressing fact of life for many women, particularly those in their senior years. Women who have given birth at some point in their lives are also highly likely to deal with this embarrassing condition. Fortunately, the surgeons at miVIP can help to repair the body and improve your quality of life.
Stress urinary incontinence occurs when a small volume of urine leaks from the tube that transports the bladder and controls the urine flow, otherwise known as the urethra. This leakage often occurs after activities such as sneezing or coughing, and can create an embarrassing situation for many women.
Stress Incontinence can Affect all WomenAlthough age does play a role in the development of stress incontinence, there are several other factors that may come into play in the average body.
- Childbirth – If a woman is delayed during her second stage of labor, or the pushing phase, or has had multiple vaginal deliveries, she is more likely to develop stress incontinence.
- Weight – Those who are obese or overweight are also more likely to develop stress incontinence.
- Pelvic surgeries – Women that have had a hysterectomy and men that have had surgery to treat prostate cancer are also at a higher risk of losing control of the urethra and bladder.
Causes of Stress Urinary IncontinenceOnce the muscles that control the bladder begin to lose function, the body becomes unable to regulate when urine is released and how much is released at any time. In a normally functioning body, the urethra stays contracted even as the bladder fills with fluid. When the muscles weaken, certain activities may then put pressure on the bladder and cause the urethra to leak. Other causes of stress incontinence include:
- Chronic sneezing or coughing
- Prostate surgery
- Hormonal deficiencies
Treatment of Stress IncontinenceWhile you may be able to strengthen your muscles with simple lifestyle changes and exercises, at miVIP we offer a bladder sling procedure for those who are looking for a fix to an embarrassing problem.
During your bladder sling procedure, one of our world class surgeons will insert a sling into the body that helps to support the urethra. The sling may be made of your own tissue, mesh or donor tissue. Our procedures are minimally invasive, and most of our patients return home the same day as surgery.