Millions of people experience urinary incontinence, also known as overactive bladder, in which a person involuntary loses urine or feels a sudden urge to urinate (but not making it to the toilet in time). Bladder control problems affect both men and women.

Urinary incontinence is very troublesome to those who have to deal with it on a regular basis. It is embarrassing, uncontrollable, unpredictable and oftentimes, is associated with an undiagnosed medical problem. There are different types of urinary incontinence including stress incontinence, urge incontinence, functional incontinence, overflow incontinence and mixed incontinence (a combination of more than one type of incontinence).

Treatment for urinary incontinence is available. Incontinence surgery may be appropriate depending on the individual. There are many incontinence surgery treatments available for urinary incontinence and the North Dallas Urology Associates has many to choose from. Most surgeries will be divided into two categories: sling procedures and bladder neck suspension procedures.

A bladder sling procedure is the most common surgery to treat stress incontinence. They offer urinary support, have high rates of effectiveness and usually have low complications. In essence, this procedure uses a synthetic material or a strip of body tissue to create a sling (or hammock) that will be placed around the mid urethra. There are some slight differences among the procedures offered.

Tension-free slings are used without stitches to place the sling around the urethra. Body tissue holds the sling into place and over time, scar tissue will form keeping it from moving.

If a pelvic defect such as a cystocele or rectocele is present, additional surgery may be required with a sling.

The amount of anesthesia, size of the incision, post-op care and recovery will vary from procedure to procedure. For a full evaluation of the treatment options available, please consult with your urologist.