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What surgical procedures can help with treating stress incontinence?

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Three types of surgery are designed to treat stress incontinence:

  • Retropubic suspension: Your surgeon makes a cut in your belly then attaches the neck of your bladder to your pubic bone.
  • Sling procedure: Your surgeon uses a sling made of either natural (human) tissue or synthetic material. The sling goes around your urethra or bladder neck and is attached to your pubic bone.
  • Artificial sphincters: A fluid-filled cuff that can be opened and closed is put around your urethra. It serves as a valve to hold pee that might otherwise leak.

From: Stress Incontinence WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Incontinence in Women" and "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

SOURCES: National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Incontinence in Women" and "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

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