I suffer from urinary incontinence: Is surgery the only solution?
This is one of the first questions women ask when they begin to experience the symptoms of urinary incontinence. The answer is: No. A visit to the operating theatre is not always necessary. Everything depends on the type of urinary incontinence the patient has. To learn more about this subject, we need to start by defining what urinary incontinence (UI) is.
UI is the involuntary loss of urine through the urethra. The condition affects 1 in 4 women and not just functionally: women with UI often feel limited when performing their daily activities and can become insecure and suffer from low self-esteem.
Different types of UI affect women:
- Stress: This urine loss occurs as a result of physical exertion and is caused by sphincter muscle weakness. It is the most common form of UI.
- Urge: This is caused by an overactive bladder emptying too fast. The patient feels a sudden urge to urinate that is impossible to control.
- Mixed: This is a combination of stress and urge UI. Today, UI still remains a taboo subject for reasons of a personal nature, embarrassment, misinformation or fear that the only solution is surgery.
Indeed, because many sufferers have an irrational fear of surgery, they often prefer to simply live with the condition and use adult incontinence products to deal with the problem.
This does not have to be this way, or at least not in all cases of urinary incontinence, because the emergence of lasers for medical application has enabled minimally-invasive techniques to be developed for the treatment of different conditions, such as urinary incontinence.
Stress urinary incontinence, as mentioned above, is the most common form, affects a broad range of women and is associated with circumstances such as excess weight, pregnancy, childbirth and the menopause. INTERmedic, in line with its ongoing commitment to innovation in health, has developed a CO2 laser, known as the Gynelase™, for urinary incontinence and vaginal rejuvenation.
The Gynelase™ method produces a thermal effect that stimulates collagen production in the cells and tissue of the vagina, thereby:
- Reducing its diameter.
- Repositioning the urethra to prevent urine leakage.
- Restoring vaginal tone and lubrication.
- Restoring vaginal pH and vaginal control and strength.
The Gynelase™ method is exactly the solution that urologists have been waiting for to enable them to provide fast, comfortable and effective treatment for mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence. This laser treatment is minimally invasive and incision and bleeding free.
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