Urinary Incontinence: Treatments
URINARY INCONTINENCE: TO SURGERY OR NOT TO SURGERY?
Depending on the severity, urinary incontinence can be treated several ways and you may have both surgical and non-surgical options. Before you go below the belt, talk with your doctor to determine which treatment is right for you.
Stress Incontinence Treatment Options
Minimally Invasive Options
- Tension free mid-urethral slings — a synthetic material that becomes integrated into the tissue around the urethra and forms a “hammock of support” under the urethra
- Injectable bulking agents — gel-like materials that are used to bulk or fill out the tissue surrounding the urethra to increase resistance to urine leakage and provide additional support during physical activity
- Bladder neck suspensions — surgery that helps place a sagging bladder back into its normal position
- Marshall Marchetti Krantz procedure (MMK) — surgery where the tissue around the urethra is lifted and stitched to the bone in the front part of the pelvis and to tissue behind the abdominal wall
- Burch colposuspension — surgery that lifts the bladder neck to the strong ligaments on the pelvic bones using sutures
Mixed Incontinence Treatment Options
May involve treatment options for both stress and urge incontinence