Urinary Stress Incontinence

Incontinence is a common problem among women of all ages. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is one of the most common causes of uncontrollable urinary leakage. Anything that has damaged or weakened the pelvic muscles and tissues surrounding the bladder or urethra can result in SUI. Examples include pregnancy, childbirth and trauma to the area, radiation, obesity, chronic cough, previous surgery and hormonal changes. Approximately one out of every three women suffers from this condition. Symptoms may include leaking urine unexpectedly for example with cough, sneeze, laughing, exercising, bending and lifting or changing positions. This leads many women to wear protective pads daily. These symptoms can also occur in conjunction with trouble holding your urine on the way to the bathroom.

Women no longer have to suffer in silence once affected by SUI. There are safe, non-invasive procedures available to correct the problems causes by the damaged tissues. One such procedure is the Miniarch Sling system. The Miniarch procedure is minimally invasive, requires only one small incision, is preformed on an outpatient basis, allows you to return to normal activities in a short time, causes little or no pain and is very effective at correcting SUI.

The Miniarch sling is a small piece of polypropylene mesh that is placed under the urethra. The placement of the sling cradles the urethra, thus mimicking the normal anatomy, therefore helping to restore normal function. By giving the urethra and surrounding tissues support, this small mesh helps prevent accidental urine leakage. Women are able to resume the activities of daily living without the fear of having urinary accidents.

This procedure is not right for every patient. Women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant should wait to have the procedure until after they have completed their childbearing. As with any medical condition, always consult with your physician as to the right procedure or treatment options for you.

For more information on the Miniarch Sling system, you may visit their website at www.amswomenshealth.com and click on “Urinary Incontinence.”

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