Urinary incontinence (UI) is loss of bladder control. Symptoms can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting.
What is stress urinary incontinence?
At Tufts Medical Center in Urogynecology, one component of female urinary incontinence is stress urinary incontinence. When women cough, sneeze, laugh too hard, exercise, or have any type of pounding activity, they have an involuntary leakage of urine. It means they can’t contract the pelvic muscles strong enough to sustain these activities.
How do you treat stress urinary incontinence?
At Tufts Medical Center in Boston, we do an outpatient procedure through a small incision. We go in and place a small piece of material, almost like a hammock, around the urethra. By placing this material in, the body will scar in around it. All the scarring that happens naturally after the procedure provides the backboard for the urethra at its mid-level. This way, when someone coughs or sneezes, there’s better supportive tissue there. The procedure itself takes no more than an hour. Patients go home the same day and we can quote about an 85% to 95% cure rate with these patients.
Programs + Services
The Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston provides top care for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and more.
Our team of Boston urologists provides urodynamics and electrodiagnostic studies to diagnose and treat urinary incontinence in both men and women.