Bladder suspension is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct a sagging bladder. It may be necessary to treat stress incontinence, which causes urine to leak when a person coughs, laughs, sneezes, or a similar action puts strain on the bladder. Not all incontinence requires surgery; after a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Jenkins will recommend the least invasive solution possible. In some cases, something as simple as minor lifestyle changes or exercises may be sufficient. However, if non-invasive treatments fail, bladder suspension may be the best option.
There are several types of bladder suspension surgery. The best choice depends on the nature and severity of your condition, as well as other health concerns. The most common methods include:
- Sling surgery: In this procedure, a hammock-like sling is placed under the bladder, supporting the urethra as well as the bladder neck. Tissue or a manufactured medical material may be used for the sling.
- Open retropubic suspension surgery: This traditional surgery is performed though an incision in the abdomen. The bladder neck is located and attached to the bone or other nearby tissues, providing support.
- Laparoscopic retropubic suspension surgery: Laparoscopic techniques have been used for decades, and the technology has continued to improve over that time. This video guided method involves specialized surgical instruments and a tiny camera, which access the organs via very small incisions. The minimally invasive nature of laparoscopic surgery can minimize the discomfort, downtime, and risk of complications. Therefore, Dr. Jenkins prefers this technique in all surgeries when possible.
Although any surgery carries some risk, the chances of complications associated with bladder suspension are low, especially when performed by a skilled and experienced physician such as Dr. Jenkins. Additionally, there is a very high success rate with this procedure, usually around 85 to 90 percent. However, the results are not always permanent. In some cases, after several years symptoms can begin returning. Dr. Jenkins will explain any potential side effects and the likelihood of long-term success before you commit to this (or any) procedure, because an informed decision is a regret-free decision.
If you are looking for a doctor who cares about your health, privacy, comfort, and wellbeing as much as you do, call 855-346-8610 and schedule an appointment at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine today. Our office is located in Katy, TX, proudly serving women throughout the Fulshear area.
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