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Do you sometimes leak urine when you cough or sneeze? If so, your doctor may have told you that you have stress urinary incontinence (SUI).You’re not alone. Many women have this problem. Urine leakage can be embarrassing, and it may keep you from being active. But know that SUI can be treated. Surgery often helps. Read this booklet to learn more about SUI surgery and what it may do for you.
If you have SUI, you may leak urine when you put physical stress (pressure) on your bladder. (However feeling “stressed out” will not cause SUI.) This problem may happen when you:
Your doctor has examined you, asked you questions, and done certain tests. You may have tried some nonsurgical treatments to help control urine leakage. Your doctor now suggests that SUI surgery is an option for you. Discuss the risks and benefits of this surgery with your doctor. If you both agree that the benefits outweigh the risks, then surgery may be right for you. Surgery can be very helpful in controlling SUI. But before you decide to have surgery, be sure you know the possible outcomes.
Stress urinary incontinence may occur when the structures that help hold urine in your bladder become weak. These two pages explain your pelvic anatomy (the organs and structures within your pelvis). Knowing this information can help you learn why you leak urine. If you still have questions, ask your nurse or doctor.
Your pelvis is the region between your waist and thighs. The organs located within your pelvis are all supported by the same muscles and connective tissue. The pelvic organs include urinary organs and reproductive organs.
The bladder normally holds urine until you are ready to let it flow out. The structures that help keep urine in the bladder are the pelvic floor muscles, connective tissue, and the urethral sphincter.
The pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue may stretch, weaken, or tear. Weak or torn muscles and connective tissue can’t support the urethra and bladder in place. If the urethra and bladder move out of place, urine can leak out. Changes in the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue can be caused by:
The urethral sphincter may also weaken as you get older. A weak urethral sphincter can open when pressure is put on it, such as when you cough or exercise. Urine can then leak out.
You will be asked to do some things at home to prepare for surgery. Below are guidelines to help get ready. Be sure to follow any specific instructions from your healthcare provider. If you have any questions, call your nurse or doctor.
For the first 2 to 3 months after your surgery, you won’t be able to lift much. You also won’t be able to drive for a few weeks. Arrange for someone to help you with chores and errands during this time. If you live alone, ask someone to stay with you for a few days after surgery. Plan ahead so you have less to worry about while you heal.
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