Urinary incontinence affects millions and can have a significant effect on quality of life. The two most common forms of urinary incontinence are stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence. Urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder, is characterized by the strong, sudden need to urinate due to bladder spasms or contractions.
Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened and unable to prevent urine from flowing when pressure is placed on the abdomen, such as coughing or sneezing. Incontinence is often treated through the use of medications, physical therapy and/or neuromodulation therapies, such as InterStim therapy and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS).
However, many patients still need surgery to solve the issue and return to their normal lives. Surgery for stress urinary incontinence in women most often involves the placement of a tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) sling under the urethra.
Once the sling is in place, when pressure is applied to the abdomen, it “kinks” the urethra preventing leakage. Surgery for stress urinary incontinence is minimally-invasive, often allowing for patients to return home from the hospital within the same day of surgery.
The recovery period is also short, with most patients back on their feet and returning to normal routines within a few days. Fortunately, Cone Health has an exceptional network of urologists and other related medical professionals trained in surgery for incontinence and dedicated to helping patients in the community regain their quality of life and control of their bladder.
Dr. Davis Hart is a urologist at Burlington Urological and a member of the Alamance Regional Physician’s Care Network. Dr. Hart received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from AT Still University in 1977. He completed his residency in urology at Flint Osteopathic Hospital in 1982.