What is Stress Incontinence?
Incontinence is the leakage of urine from the bladder. This can occur for several reasons but the most common cause is a weakness of the stretched vaginal wall underneath that supports it.
There are several types of incontinence but the commonest cause is Stress Incontinence, where bladder leakage occurs with many things that cause an increase in pressure across the pelvis. Commonly such things as a cough, a sneeze, a laugh, exercise or straining.
How can Stress Incontinence be treated?
The Gynaecologists at Specialist Clinics of Australia treat most gynaecological concerns and indications. However, one of the most novel treatments, is the use of some of the new modern lasers in the treatment of stress incontinence of urine.
Many women suffer a minor nuisance or a more significant interfering range of symptoms of bladder leakage or stress incontinence.
This is a common condition after childbirth, where the vaginal wall becomes lax and weakened, and no longer supports the overlying bladder wall. This alters the dynamics of the bladder sphincter and many women suffer such mild bladder leakage with such occurrences as coughing, sneezing, exercise, either mild or moderate, laughing or anything else that will affect the pressure on the bladder.
A surprisingly simple answer and treatment for this is both the use of the CO2 and Erbium vaginal lasers, to strengthen, tighten, firm and lift the vaginal wall, thus increasing the support of the bladder and significantly improving the symptoms of this bladder leakage of stress incontinence.
Are the Lasers used in Gynaecology safe?
These vaginal laser treatments have been successfully used throughout the world in the last three years or so and are gradually becoming much more common treatments in gynaecological centres. Surprisingly these lasers do not produce any pain or discomfort, or down time, or in any way long term risks. The procedure takes approximately twenty minutes, and normal vaginal intercourse can recommence within three to five days, following treatments.
The treatment course generally consists of three treatments a month apart and maintenance treatments are usually required. These treatments can be performed for people of any age, but of course better results are achieved if attended to early, before the bladder leakage becomes more severe and chronic.
Most people do not seek help for these symptoms as they consider it to be part of normal ageing and the result of childbirth. Where they do seek standard gynaecological care, the alternatives are much more complex, expensive and with varying levels of success. These include pelvic floor exercises, bladder training with physios, thereby various forms of gynaecological surgery, which are significantly invasive.
How do I find out if the Vaginal Laser treatment is suitable for me?
Gynaecological consultation appointments can be made with any of our four gynaecologists, at the Specialist Clinics of Australia.
Consultations are initially performed and investigations included in our Specialist Centre include full history and examination and urodynamic studies and ultrasounds. This is a very scientific way of assessing the bladder condition and helping to diagnose the type of Incontinence and predict the outcome of treatments. The laser procedure can be performed in the same consultation treatment session on some occasions or can be rebooked for a later date.