Artificial mesh (also known as surgical mesh) is one of the materials that can be used to create a sling in the pubo-vaginal sling surgery. One of the mesh materials used, a polypropylene – meshed tape is known as tension-free vaginal tape (TVT-tape).
As established above, the pubo-vaginal sling surgery in itself is major surgery. In addition to that, there are certain added risks of using an artificial mesh which can take place in certain cases.
Along with urethral obstruction caused by a tight sling, artificial mesh has also been associated with vaginal prolapse and a rarer side effect of mesh exposure into the vagina after surgery. These side effects are rare, and currently, mesh sling surgeries are considered a standard solution for SUI.
Any benefit seen from the use of medication in reducing SUI symptoms is dependent on consistent usage of the medicine. As soon as the medicine is stopped, the symptoms return quickly. The medication is also associated with causing nausea as a common side effect, which results in low compliance.
Currently, there are no medications approved specifically for the treatment of SUI and its symptoms in the United States. However, in Europe, the duloxetine, an anti-depressant has been prescribed for treating stress incontinence, with very limited positive results.
As a part of behavioral therapies which includes reduced fluid consumption on a timetable and scheduling toilet breaks, your physician might also recommend a series of exercises known as Kegel exercises. The aim of these exercises is to increase the strength of the pelvic floor muscles, thereby increasing stamina for withstanding abdominal pressure leading to leakage of urine.
The efficacy of Kegel exercises in reducing SUI symptoms varies from case to case. It may not result in any viable difference at all in certain cases. As it is essentially a workout routine, it needs to be carried out regularly to maintain any relief that is experienced and does not result in a long-lasting quick fix. In some cases, women might not be physically strong enough to perform these exercises, due to advanced age or pre-existing medical condition, thus rendering this solution option incompatible for them.
Certain individuals may simply decide to accept SUI and leakage of urine throughout their days as their new reality. They may decide to seek no treatment or attempt to correct the incontinence and assent to a lower quality of life as a result.
While all the above-mentioned treatments are associated with good outcomes in many cases, the negative ramifications of the procedures themselves outweigh any good that they achieve. They are either risky, invasive in nature, require surgery, are expensive or only alleviate symptoms and provide relief for short periods of time only. This only seeks to further increase the anguish experienced by women already dealing with SUI.
Compared to these methods, the progression of science and medicine has resulted in the development of treatment techniques for SUI which are relatively quick, easy, painless and comparatively inexpensive. These new solutions for SUI are fast acting and potentially long-lasting.
The progression of science and medicine has resulted in the development of innovative treatment techniques for Stress Urinary Incontinence. These non-invasive treatments are relatively quick, easy, painless and comparatively inexpensive. These new solutions for SUI are fast-acting, long-lasting, and with minimal downtime are the most recommended by many medical professionals. Check with your provider or find a Certified Member of The National Menopause Association for a consultation.