Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine at inappropriate times. It is a common problem and is a very treatable condition. There are more than 11 million women in the United States who experience urinary incontinence. You are not alone!
The two main types of urinary incontinence are stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence. A third type of urinary incontinence is mixed incontinence.
- Stress urinary incontinence: Involuntary loss of urine when a woman coughs, laughs, sneezes, walks, exercises or changes positions.
- Urge incontinence: When a woman has a leakage of urine that accompanies the feeling of “I gotta go, I gotta go.”
- Mixed incontinence: A combination of stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence.
The good news is that there are effective treatments for these conditions.
There is a outpatient procedure that we have been successfully performing at Northwest Women’s Healthcare that is very effective in correcting most cases of stress urinary incontinence. It is called the tension-free vaginal tape procedure, or TVT-O. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia or light anesthesia, and an overnight stay is not required. Recovery is typically only a few days. This procedure offers a way to improve your quality of life with minimal interruption of your daily activities.
Urge incontinence, or the “I gotta go” feeling, is successfully treated through conservative methods here at Northwest Women’s Healthcare. Some of these methods include biofeedback and behavioral therapy. We have found that with a combination of conservative medical therapy and minimally invasive procedures, such as TVT-O, we can help more than 90 percent of our patients who have urinary incontinence.