Stress Urinary Incontinence Urethral Sling (TOS)
This revolutionary procedure restores bladder control for women who loose urine when they cough, laugh, sneeze, or exercise (stress urinary incontinence). 1 in 6 women suffer from stress urinary incontinence and many recall that it began after childbirth.
While Kegel exercises should be attempted first, unfortunately they often fail for more advanced stress urinary incontinence. If a woman has finished having children, a minimally invasive treatment can fix urinary incontinence, allowing her to return to a full and active life.
How does a urethral sling work?
The doctor inserts a strip of mesh-like tape through a ½ inch vaginal incision under the urethra to create a supportive sling. This reestablishes support and allows the urethra to remain closed when appropriate, preventing urine loss during sudden movements or exercise. The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes—and can be performed as an outpatient. Patients treated with a urethral sling go home a few hours after the procedure and can expect a short recovery period, returning to most activities in a few days. During this time, there should be little interference with daily activities; however, you should avoid heavy lifting and intercourse for 4-6 weeks. Dr. Joy Cox, Dr. Jennifer Tatalovich and nurse practitioner Lisa Fournace have a special interest in helping patients with urinary incontinence.