No more pads. This revolutionary procedure restores bladder control for
women who lose urine when they cough or exercise. A thin mesh ribbon lifts
the bladder neck to a normal position during this 15-minute procedure.
Over 85% of women report significant improvement, regaining bladder control
and freedom to enjoy their active lives.
The first time you leaked when you laughed or sneezed, you probably were
surprised and didn’t think much about it. Those things happen, right?
But when this occurred more frequently with exercise, picking up something
heavy, or coughing resulted in urinary leakage, you probably reacted the
way most practical women do. You began wearing sanitary napkins, dark
clothing––anything that would help you hide what was becoming
embarrassing, and you may have accepted as a normal part of getting older.
Guess what? It’s not normal and it’s called stress urinary
incontinence (SUI), when involuntary loss of urine occurs during sudden
movements that put pressure on the bladder. One in six women suffer from
SUI, and many recall that it began after childbirth.
While Kegel exercises should be attempted first, unfortunately they often
fail for more advanced SUI. If a woman has finished having children, a
minimally invasive treatment can fix SUI, allowing her to return to a
full and active life. This "urethral sling" can stop urine leakage
by supporting your urethra with a tape-like strip of mesh. This outpatient
procedure has shown excellent results for the treatment of SUI. A clinical
study demonstrated that even 7 years after treatment, 81% of women who
underwent a TVT urethral sling were cured and an additional 16% were improved.
(TVT stands for tension-free vaginal tape.) To date, more than 1.5 million
patients worldwide have been treated.
During this procedure, performed at our
Washington Outpatient Surgery Center, the doctor inserts a strip of mesh-like tape through a ½ inch
vaginal incision under the urethra to create a supportive sling. This
re-establishes support and allows the urethra to remain closed when appropriate,
preventing urine loss during sudden movements or exercise. The procedure
takes approximately 15 minutes––and can be performed under
local, regional or general anesthesia.
Patients treated with a urethral sling go home a few hours after the procedure
and can expect a short recovery period, returning to most activities in
a few days. During this time, there should be little interference with
daily activities; however, you should avoid both heavy lifting and intercourse
for 4 weeks.
At Washington Women’s Health Specialists, our team has a special
interest in helping you become empowered to not only regain bladder control,
but also your dignity.
There is no controversy (nor FDA warning) regarding the use of prolene
mesh implants as urethral slings, which have become the gold standard
for surgical correction of stress urinary incontinence, with over 15 years
in clinical use.
MiniArc® brochure from American Medical Systems to find out more about the procedure we offer, or view the company's
video description below.