Minimally Invasive Procedures for Female Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress Incontinence

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Stress incontinence is a fairly common condition in females. This type of urinary leakage can occur with cough, sneeze or other movements that involve straining. Loss of urine can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and embarrassing.  

Often time’s sufferers of incontinence must use pads or diapers. Fortunately, minimally invasive procedures exist which can remedy many cases of stress incontinence. These include injection of bulking agents near the urethra or the placement of small slings under the urethra. Bulking agents can be placed in the office under the local anesthesia in just a few minutes. A local anesthetic is placed in the office, after which a small scope is placed into the urethra. A small needle is used to inject material that effectively tightens the urethra, providing compressive force against the bladder outlet. The material that is injected is inert, and very safe. Bulking agents often require repeat procedures.

Caption for anatomy after sling repair.

Caption for anatomy after sling repair.

Urethral slings offer another approach to treating stress incontinence. Via a small vaginal incision, a small sling device is placed under the urethra. The sling can serve as both a supportive and compressive force on the urethra. In screened population, success rates of mini-slings exceed 90%. Pain and discomfort following mini-slings is typically minimal.