What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of voluntary control over your urinary functions. This condition affects 200 million people worldwide.
Can urinary incontinence be successfully treated?
Yes. While incontinence may be connected to getting older, it is a treatable condition.
What causes female stress incontinence?
Female stress incontinence can develop slowly over time, and may be a result of childbirth. It generally occurs when your pelvic muscles are not strong enough to keep the opening of the bladder neck closed under physical stress such as laughing, coughing, lifting, exercising, or any increased abdominal pressure.
What are the treatment options for stress urinary incontinence?
If you have been diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence, there are many options for treatment. Coloplast provides primarily surgical treatment options, such as slings, that can provide relief, but surgery is not suitable for everyone.
Non-surgical options include pelvic muscle exercises, protective undergarments, behavioural therapy, catheters, vaginal pessaries and bulking injections.
Your doctor can discuss these and other treatment options with you.
What is a sling procedure?
A sling procedure is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to correct stress incontinence using a hammock or U-shaped sling to support your urethra.
Can I become incontinent again after having a sling procedure?
Sling procedures have a success rate of about 70-80%, so it is possible to again become incontinent again after a sling procedure. Future pregnancies could also reverse the effects of your surgery, resulting in incontinence once again.
How long does it take to recover from a sling procedure?
Every patient’s recovery time is different. During your recovery, it’s important to avoid physical strain, heavy lifting and sexual intercourse. Your doctor will be able to provide you with more specific details about your individual recovery process (1).
Are there any risks associated with a sling procedure?
While every surgical procedure carries some risk including bleeding, infection, or organ damage, with sling surgeries you may experience some complications after the procedure, including pain, mesh exposure, infection, urinary problems, or pain during intercourse. You may have a reaction to the sling material itself. Ask your doctor for more information about potential risks and complications, as well as your specific surgery and situation.