Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a significant health and quality-of-life concern for women in the United States. Stress incontinence that does not respond to behavior or exercise therapy is often treated surgically. There are several surgical options that are used to treat stress incontinence and these should be discussed with the patient to determine the best option. Such surgical options include: Suspension Procedures This procedure is done through a small incision in the lower abdomen. The urethra and bladder neck are then elevated and restored to a higher anatomical position by suturing behind the pubic bone. Sling Procedures Patients with severe stress incontinence and weakened pelvic floor muscles may be good candidates for a sling procedure. A sling procedure can create urethral compression necessary to achieve bladder control. All appropriate non-surgical treatments should be tried before deciding on a surgical procedure.
- Patient type:woman
- Surgical technique:retropubic approach