Urinary Incontinence

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.

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Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

At Tufts Medical Center’s Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in downtown Boston, we specialize in treatment plans for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and other related conditions. Learn more and request an appointment today.
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Neuro-Urology and Incontinence Center

Our team of Boston urologists provides urodynamics and electrodiagnostic studies to diagnose and treat urinary incontinence in both men and women.
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Doctors + Care Team

Gennaro A. Carpinito, MD, FACS

Gennaro A. Carpinito, MD, FACS

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Urologist-in-Chief; Charles M. Whitney Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Urology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6317
Fax #: 617-636-5349

Uro-oncology with special interest in kidney and prostate cancers, da Vinci Robot-assisted minimally invasive urological surgeries, ablative and reconstructive laparoscopic urological surgeries, radical nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, partial nephrectomy, adrenalectomy, radical prostatectomy, pyeloplasty, minimally invasive endoscopic procedures and SWL (shock wave lithotripsy)

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Diego  S. Illanes, MD, FACOG, FACS

Diego S. Illanes, MD, FACOG, FACS

Accepting New Patients

LGBTQ Health

Title(s): Chief, Division of Urogynecology; Urogynecologist; Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Obstetrics and Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery/Urogynecology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5890
Fax #: 617-636-3258

Obstetrics and Gynecology and urogynecology

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Deborah Carr, RN, NP

Deborah Carr, RN, NP

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner, Urogynecology
Department(s): Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5890
Fax #: 617-636-3258

Pelvic organ prolapse, female urinary incontinence, women's health

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