What is Incontinence Surgery?
Incontinence surgery is a procedure used to remedy urinary incontinence, which is an intense and sudden urge to urinate, followed by an accidental leak. Surgical methods used to treat incontinence may include:
- Sling procedures
- Bladder neck suspension
- Prolapse surgery
When is Incontinence Surgery Needed?
Incontinence surgery is used for treating urinary incontinence. If you have attempted kegel exercises, adjusted your diet, and tried various medications, but are still experiencing uncontrollable urinary leaks, surgery may be a solution. Surgery can be used for:
- Stress incontinence
- Overflow incontinence
- Urge incontinence
- Functional incontinence
- Mixed incontinence
What To Expect During Surgery
What happens during surgery will vary based on the type of procedure performed. A general overview of each type of procedure are as follows:
- Sling procedures – involves your doctor using your body tissue, mesh tape, or other artificial materials to create a sling to hold your urethra or bladder neck. This procedure is mainly used for stress incontinence.
- Bladder neck suspension – involves your doctor attaching stitches in vaginal tissue and attaching it to the pubic bone for support.
What Results Can I Expect From Incontinence Surgery?
The primary benefit of urinary incontinence surgery is its ability to help remedy accidental urinary leaks. With incontinence surgery, you may be able to live life without fear of urinary accidents.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery?
Pelvic organ prolapse surgery is a procedure designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse, which is when organs such as the uterus, bladder, intestines, rectum, or vagina slide into or out of the vagina. Prolapsed organs may require surgery if other treatment options are unsuccessful. Surgery options include:
- Reconstructive surgery
- Obliterative surgery
What Does Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery Involve?
Reconstructive surgery involves your doctor reconstructing the weakened pelvic floor muscles to help put the organs back in their correct position. Reconstructive surgery can be performed through a vaginal incision, abdominal incision, or by using laparoscopy.
Obliterative surgery involves your doctor surgically closing up your vagina to prevent the organs from falling or slipping out. You will no longer be able to have sex after this type of procedure.
What Can I Expect After Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery?
Depending on what type of surgery you have, recovery time will vary. In general, post-prolapse surgery, you should anticipate about 6 weeks of recovery time. During recovery, strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided. Walking after prolapse surgery should not be an issue. After vaginal surgery, you may experience 4-6 weeks of vaginal discharge.
Can I Get Pregnant After Prolapse Surgery?
Pregnancy after reconstructive prolapse surgery is still an option, both via C-section and vaginally.
In some cases, a prolapse can be addressed with non-surgical treatments. Before looking into surgery, you may want to consider:
- Kegel exercises
- Biofeedback therapy
How Succesful Are Non-Surgical Options?
These non-surgical methods may not always be successful in treating prolapsed organs. In such cases, surgery may be the appropriate route for you.
What Are The Benefits Of Prolapse Surgery?
Benefits of undergoing prolapse surgery can include both medical and cosmetic results. Prolapse surgery may help you regain your life and confidence through:
- Improved support and function of the dropped organ(s)
- Restored appearance of the dropped organ(s)
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are interested in urinary incontinence surgery or prolapse surgery, schedule an appointment with an Ob/Gyn specialist at Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn. With specialized care and cutting-edge treatments in obstetrics and gynecology, Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn offers a wide variety of gynecologic and obstetric services from leaders in Ob/Gyn research development. Call 937.771.5100 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.