I am a 44 y/o healthy, menopausal female with stress incontinence that recently began to include leakage during sex.
I have been referred to a Urologist for bladder suspension surgery. Which surgery will be best for me? How is it perfomed? What is the recouperation time period (I have a desk job)? What are the risks and complications? Will the surgery be a permanent solution to the problem?
Tough to say which surgery is the best for you without knowing your case. The question of bladder suspensions has been answered previously by my predecessor and I will reprint it here:
"There have been many types of bladder suspensions used throughout the years depending on the type of incontinence. Bladder suspensions are used to treat stress incontinence, which refers to leaking urine while coughing/sneezing, or exercise. Often a component of urge incontinence accompanies the stress incontinence. Urge incontinence presents with difficulty holding urine with frequent urination The procedure of a bladder suspension has post operative complications including pain(0-20%), urinary retention(40-50%) requiring prolonged catheterization, continued incontinence, depending on the procedure and the surgeon. The newest technique to treat urinary stress incontinence is the pubovaginal sling. It also has post operative complications including pain, retention, and continued incontinence. But the failure rate is turning out to be significantly less then previously used bladder suspensions."
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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