Safe Family: Stress Urinary Incontinence

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

Millions of women suffer in silence with a common and somewhat embarrassing condition.

It's stress urinary incontinence, a condition often caused by physical changes resulting from pregnancy childbirth or menopause.

Now, a new device that offers relief in a simple minimally invasive procedure that takes only minutes.

A new minimally-invasive procedure offered by gynecologists with OU physicians may offer a new hope of relief to women with stress urinary incontinence or SUI, a fairly common problem.

It happens when weakened pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue can no longer support the urethra in its normal position.

Any sudden movement as with a cough, or sneeze, may cause urethra to lose its seal and urine to escape.

Now this small ribbon-like strip of mesh tape may be the answer women with s-u-i have been seeking.

The Gynecare TVT Secure system prevents leakage the way your body was designed to, by supporting the urethra.

The device is placed during a simple, minimally invasive procedure that takes only about 15 minutes to complete and can be done under local anesthesia.

"The benefit you're going to essentially have no complications with vessels or nerves because you don't go through any vascular or nerve inhabited place. You’re going to have a much faster pace."

The tape itself is also unique. The ends are a sandwich of materials

The design allows the tape to be permanently integrated into the patient’s tissue through the body's natural response to the material.

"So the device itself actually the leading point of the device elicits a reaction, triggers a reaction, of your own body to heal that.""

The result is a hold that is strong and secure.

OU physicians say the procedure is relatively simple in skilled hands, quick and with very little risk of complications.

OU physicians were among the first in the world to offer this new treatment.

They say it is very effective. However it's not for women who are or intend to become pregnant.

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