Urinary Incontinence in Women
There are several different kinds of surgeries to correct Reference stress incontinence Opens New Window, which occurs when weakened pelvic floor muscles allow the bladder neck and Reference urethra Opens New Window to drop. These surgeries seek to lift the urethra, the bladder, or both into the normal position. This makes sneezing, coughing, and laughing less likely to make urine leak from the bladder.
Surgery works to cure stress incontinence better than any other treatment. If other treatments (like pelvic floor muscle exercises) haven't worked to control your incontinence, surgery may be your best option. What kind of surgery you have depends on your preference, your health, and your doctor's experience.
Surgery is done much less often for urge incontinence, and the results are not as good.
- Reference Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) surgery
- Reference Retropubic suspension
- Reference Urethral sling
- Reference Electrical stimulation
- Reference Urethral bulking
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 11, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology