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Female with SUI

 
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) affects over 15 million Americans, and is characterized by the leaking of urine whenever a “stress event,” such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting applies pressure to your abdomen. This embarrassing condition can seriously affect your quality of life and limit your ability to participate in the activities you enjoy.

Stress Urinary Incontinence results when the pelvic muscles and connective tissue supporting your bladder and urethra are weakened. This weakening can occur as a result of the following:

• Pregnancy
• Childbirth
• Menopause
• Obesity
• Smoking
• Previous Pelvic Surgery

Stress Urinary Incontinence is more common than you might think. In fact, SUI is the most common type of incontinence and it is estimated that one in three women will suffer the effects of SUI at some point in their life.

Fortunately, there are multiple treatment options, ranging from self management exercises to minimally invasive surgical procedures. Treatment options include:

Self Management: includes pelvic excercises, commonly called Kegels, to help increase the strength of the pelvic floor. This may only help in mild cases of stress incontinence.

Bulking Agents:
Collagen and similar substances are injected around the urethra to reinforce the tissue and allow the urethra to close more effectively. The effects of bulking agents are temporary and the cure rates are lower than surgery.



Surgery:
is used to help build and restore support under the bladder and urethra. Surgery has the highest cure rates compared to other treatment options. Slings are the most common surgical procedure to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence. A sling is used to support the urethra and is implanted in a minimally invasive surgical procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes and allows you to go home the same day. The Caldera Desara is an example of a sling.


Click here to download a guide for more information on correcting Stress Urinary Incontinence.

 
 
 

 

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