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Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine (i.e. leaking urine when one is not urinating). An estimated 24 percent, or 17 million women in the United States are coping with urinary incontinence. While not a life-threatening health problem, it can be annoying, embarrassing, and a source of emotional distress that keeps women from fully enjoying their lives. The Berger Department of Urology has board-certified experts with vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence.
Known as a urinary incontinence sling, or urethral support sling, the surgery requires only small incisions in the vagina through which Beth Israel surgeons place soft, flexible surgical mesh to cradle the urethra and restore it to its normal anatomical position. The body’s tissue grows around and into the mesh, keeping it in place and reinforcing the urethra. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis or with a one night hospital stay.
In clinical research, this surgery has been shown to be 90 percent effective in treating stress urinary incontinence. In fact, many women regain complete bladder control within hours after surgery. The small incisions reduce pain, speed recovery time, leave no visible scarring, and most patients return to normal, non-strenuous activities quickly.
For a referral to an expert Beth Israel urologist in Manhattan or Brooklyn for treatment of urinary incontinence, call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-484-3466.
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