If your condition requires surgery, our urogynecology and urology experts offer several minimally invasive procedures using today's most advanced surgical techniques. Individual treatment depends on the type of problem you have and what best fits your lifestyle.
Treatment for Female Incontinence
A pessary is a ring that the physician or nurse inserts into the vagina. This helps reposition the urethra to help reduce stress incontinence.
Another option for some women is a minor procedure during which the physician injects a substance into the wall of the urethra to “bulk it up” to help reduce leakage. During this procedure, the doctor inserts a thin tube called a cystoscope into the urethra and injects collagen or a similar substance into the tissue around the urethra.
One of the most common surgeries for stress incontinence is the placement of a "sling" under the urethra. During this minimally invasive outpatient procedure, the surgeon inserts a strip of lightweight mesh under the urethra through a small incision in the vagina. The mesh helps the urethra remain closed when appropriate, preventing involuntary urine leakage.
Treatment for Male Incontinence
For some men with urinary incontinence caused by nerve damage, surgery may be the best option. Some of the common procedures include:
This implanted device that keeps the urethra closed until men are able to urinate. The device includes a cuff that fits around the urethra, a small balloon inserted in the abdomen and a pump placed in the scrotum. When it is time to urinate, the man squeezes the pump to open up the cuff so that urine moves into the balloon and flows out the urethra.
The surgeon wraps a strip of material round the urethra and attaches the ends to the pelvic bone. This puts more pressure on the urethra, providing extra support so it doesn’t release urine accidentally.