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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.

Doctors + Care Team

Danielle Patterson, MD, MSc

Danielle Patterson, MD, MSc

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

Female urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse

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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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Gennaro A. Carpinito, MD, FACS

Gennaro A. Carpinito, MD, FACS

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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Tanaz R. Ferzandi, MD

Tanaz R. Ferzandi, MD

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

Pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, obstetric injury to the pelvic floor

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Xiaolong Shawn Liu, MD

Xiaolong Shawn Liu, MD

Title(s): Urologist
Department(s): Urology
Appt. Phone: 508-250-0670
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General urology, minimally invasive surgery, urological cancers

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