The physicians at Moscow Pullman OB/GYN define female incontinence as the inability to prevent urine leakage when coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping, walking, sitting, and/or standing. This disorder can result from a deformity or damage to the urethra and bladder, and from decreased muscle tone caused by multiple births or menopause. The disorder is generally treated through pelvic floor training, medication or surgery. The option best for you depends on many factors, including the type of incontinence you have and your age.
Surgery is used to reinforce pelvic support to the bladder and urethra. The two most common ways of performing this surgery is through the abdominal wall, or through the vagina. Some of the procedures require a general anesthesia, while other procedures require only a local, or regional (spinal) anesthesia.
The physicians at Moscow Pullman OB/GYN specialize in a procedure called the Monarch sling. Here, the surgeon places a sling beneath the tube (urethra) through which urine leaves the body to support it and prevent leakage. This surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis. The bladder returns to its normal function the following day after surgery. For more information about the Monarch sling, visit our supplier's website, American Medical Systems.