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Urinary Incontinence Repair

Underlying Problem Requiring Urinary Incontinence Repair:
There are a number of reasons that an individual may suffer from incontinence. For many women, it is a result of childbirth. Stress urinary incontinence (or SUI) is the involuntary loss of urine when a person laughs, sneezes, coughs, or exercises. In fact, any activity that puts pressure on the bladder can cause a leak. Childbirth is not the only cause, however. In addition to weak pelvic muscles, trauma, medications, and other types of injury can lead to the need for urinary incontinence repair.

Treatment:
There are currently about 200 different procedures used to treat incontinence, and most of them involve returning the neck of the bladder and the urethra to their original positions. Urinary incontinence repair surgeries are generally considered to be quite safe and are often one of the best options for treating SUI.

Retropubic colposuspension surgery is an open surgery that is particularly effective for urinary incontinence repair. This is done by actually sewing the neck of the bladder and the urethra to other structures. This type of procedure can be done with either a general or a local anesthetic and will likely require the patient to remain in the hospital for one or two days. Other surgical approaches to urinary incontinence repair include Burch colposuspension, Marshall-Machetti-Krantz, laparoscopy, and needle suspension.

Recovery from Urinary Incontinence Repair:
Most of the standard procedures for urinary incontinence repair require patients to remain in the hospital for two to three days, and there is generally a need for a urinary catheter for about a week and a half. Less invasive procedures will require a shorter, and usually less painful, recovery period.

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