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Copperstate OB/Gyn now offers a new, non-surgical treatment for women who experience stress urinary incontinence (SUI)—the involuntary leakage of urine that occurs during routine activities such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, sex, or exercise. SUI is often a result of childbirth and occurs when pelvic muscles no longer provide adequate support to prevent the opening of your bladder during these activities. Many women mistakenly accept SUI as a natural consequence of aging or childbirth. Fortunately there are an increasing number of solutions to this embarrassing affliction.

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 it 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. A 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 seven years after treatment, 81% of women who underwent a TVT urethral sling were cured and an additional 16% were improved. To date, more than 1.5 million patients worldwide have been treated.

During this outpatient procedure, the doctor inserts a strip of mesh-like tape through a ½ inch vaginal incision under the urethra to create a supportive sling. This reestablishes 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 heavy lifting and intercourse for four weeks.


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