Stress Urinary Incontinence
What is stress urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common problem in women that causes urine to leak involuntarily during activities, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or physical exercise.
What are the causes of SUI?
The urethral closure mechanism (valve) in your bladder that holds the urine inside your bladder until you go to the toilet, is supported by your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles and the valve can weaken over time due to normal aging, obesity, and vaginal childbirth, causing you to leak urine when you cough, sneeze, or take exercise.
What are the traditional treatment options for SUI?
SUI traditional is treated non-invasively through muscular training known as Kegel Exercises, which only work if you do them every day without fail.
Other surgical approaches such as urethral slings require hospitalisation and recovery time and can have associated complications.
What is transvaginal laser treatment for SUI?
Transvaginal laser treatment is a non-surgical laser treatment.
As we age, collagen fibres to lose their strength and elasticity, reducing our urinary control. Issues which contribute to this include childbirth, obesity, hysterectomy, menopause, smoking and surgery.
Transvaginal laser therapy effectively restructures and restores damaged tissue, simulating collagen production and restructuring of the vaginal walls.
What is In IncontiLase ®?
IncontiLase ® is a transvaginal laser treatment used to treat mild and moderate stress and mixed urinary incontinence. IncontiLase ® this tightens the front of the vaginal wall, providing increased support to your bladder and improving your body’s ability to hold back urine.
What happens during the laser treatment?
The laser treatment is virtually painless with no incisions, no ablation (surgical removal of body tissue), cutting, bleeding or stitches. A special handpiece, similar to the speculum used during a smear test, is inserted into your vagina. The area is then treated with laser pulses to target specific tissue leaving surrounding tissue undamaged. Two laser sessions with a one-month interval are recommended. No special pre-op preparations or post-op precautions are necessary, and you can return to normal activities immediately.
Advantages of laser treatments
- 15-minute walk-in/walk-out procedure
- Incisionless and virtually painless
- No ablation, cutting, bleeding or stitches
- No anaesthesia or antibiotics needed
- High success rate and patient satisfaction