Dr. J. Kyle Mathews wants to reassure you that the surgical treatment for stress incontinence has dramatically improved, and has a 90 percent success rate.
In one technique known as bladder sling surgery, Dr. Mathews will create a hammock-like sling around the neck of your bladder, where it connects to the urethra, and the urethra itself (the tube that carries urine from the bladder). The sling attaches to the abdominal wall and supports weak muscles.
Of course, Dr. Mathews will work through alternatives to surgery, including bladder training, pelvic floor exercises, medications, and injections. You may not need urinary incontinence surgery, but if you do, here’s what you can expect:
You will arrange for a pre-op visit, and work with our business office to coordinate insurance benefits.
While you are completely under sedation, Dr. Mathews will make a small incision in your vagina. The minimally invasive procedure takes about 20 minutes. Once you are awake and able to urinate on your own, you’re free to go home. Of course, you’ll need someone to drive you.
Most of Dr. Mathews’ patients say that constipation, minor pain at the incision site and abdominal cramping are worst during the first several days. You will most likely feel like returning to work within three days of bladder sling surgery, provided you did not require a catheter or experience any complications. Most people can resume normal activities—exercise and sex, for example—within 4-6 weeks.
According to Dr. Mathews, an experienced urogyn surgeon: “If your mother or grandmother underwent stress incontinence surgery, their experience was more than likely a negative one. Great strides have been made to ease the burden of stress incontinence.”
If you are tired of dealing with the embarrassment and discomfort of incontinence,, contact the Plano office of Dr. J.Kyle Mathews.
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