Urinary Incontinence Surgery

Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center

Robotic Surgery & Cosmetic Gynecology Practice located in El Paso, TX

Is urinary leakage or the sudden urge to go keeping you from your best quality of life? All too often, women living with urinary incontinence suffer in silence. But Richard Farnam, MD, has an alternative. With a simple outpatient procedure, he can put a stop to your urinary troubles with urinary incontinence surgery. For more information, call Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center in El Paso, Texas, today or request your appointment online.


Urinary Incontinence Surgery Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is an extremely common issue that causes stress and embarrassment for women all over the world. The two main types of urinary incontinence are:

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when pressure on the bladder – brought on by something as simple as sneezing or laughing – causes leakage.

Stress incontinence begins when the tissue and muscle that should be supporting your bladder starts to weaken. When that happens, your urethra loses its support.

Your urethra is a tube that carries urine from your bladder outside of your body. When you are not urinating, your urethra seals by pressing against the connective tissue around it. When that tissue weakens, you run into leakage problems.

Urge incontinence

If you regularly have a sudden, urgent need to urinate, you could be living with urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder. Medications or, in some cases, neuromodulation therapy, can often help minimize your symptoms.

What is urinary incontinence surgery?

Urinary incontinence surgery is designed to restore your bladder control and provide you with lasting relief. Surgery works by correcting the weak muscles and connective tissues that can’t be strengthened with exercise.

With advances in technology, you now have more surgical options to provide you with relief, with less scarring and faster recovery times. At Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center, Dr. Farnam can recommend:

  • A urinary continence sling
  • Retropubic urethropexy, also known as a Burch procedure

Dr. Farnam will discuss which option would be best for you.

What is the Burch procedure?

The Burch procedure is a proven surgical approach, the first to treat urinary incontinence. During the procedure, Dr. Farnam repositions your bladder, attaching it to a ligament near your pubic bone. With a new source of support, urine is prevented from leaking. Dr. Farnam performs this procedure with minimally invasive techniques or as open surgery.

What is a urinary incontinence sling?

A sling is a groundbreaking device that can dramatically improve your quality of life if you’re a woman living with stress incontinence. During a minimally invasive, 15-minute, outpatient procedure, Dr. Farnam can use a midurethral sling to recreate the support your urethra needs, putting a stop to your stress incontinence.

How does a sling work?

A sling is a thin strap that Dr. Farnam places under the neck of your bladder to offer your urethra the support it needs to seal closed. This procedure has an impressive success rate – up to 95% – in relieving women of stress incontinence.

Dr. Farnam offers two different types of slings:

  • Midurethral sling
  • Natural tissue sling

If you are living with urinary incontinence, don’t hesitate to talk to the expert staff at Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center about lasting solutions. Call their office or book your appointment online today.