Procedure Helps with Bladder Control - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/8/04

Procedure Helps with Bladder Control

It's estimated that nearly 13 million women have a problem with laughing and coughing. It triggers bladder leakage in a common problem called Stress Urinary Incontinence or SUI. Over time, the pelvic floor muscle weakens from the strain of childbirth, loss of muscle tone, and estrogen loss.

Most women would rather just live with the problem rather than face major surgery, but did you know that the problem can be fixed in a simple outpatient procedure? Urologists are inserting a mesh ribbon that creates a sling of support underneath the urethra.

"Most of them, we do with local anesthesia and sedation. The operation literally takes 15 minutes to do, and they're usually home within a few hours and back at work within a few days," says Dr. Charles Hanes, gynecologist.

"I'm able to laugh. I mean, I just feel like I'm a new person," says Gay Reynolds, a patient.

"It really worked," says Lana Fench, a patient.

If you'd like to get help but you don't know where to start, call a urologist and ask about a mesh sling for bladder control.

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