Bladder Lift Surgery Specialist in Arcadia and Glendale CA
A bladder lift, sometimes referred to as colposuspension or bladder suspension surgery, is a treatment for stress incontinence (leakage). If you suffer from severe stress incontinence, your healthcare provider may consider a bladder lift to help strengthen your bladder. With this treatment, drooping in the bladder and urethra is corrected, reducing the likelihood of urine leakage. If you want to regain control over your bladder, consult Dr. Prema Kothandaraman, MD at The OB-Gyn & Incontinence Center. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Arcadia, CA, and Glendale, CA.
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With so many people dealing with incontinence at some point in their lives, there are many different methods of treatment available to minimize urine leakage, with those who are suffering from moderate to severe incontinence having several different surgical options available that may be beneficial. One of the most commonly performed surgical procedures for stress incontinence is a bladder lift surgery due to its efficacy and high success rate.
Bladder lift surgery is often recommended for patients who have found insufficient relief from less invasive treatment options for treating their moderate to severe stress incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs in many middle-aged people who were assigned female at birth and causes incontinence in times when stress is placed on the bladder, such as when the person coughs, laughs, or sneezes. Before a surgical procedure is considered for those with stress incontinence, other more conservative treatment options will be used as they can be very effective for many patients and eliminate the need to undergo more risky or uncomfortable procedures. The stress incontinence must also be either moderate to severe, meaning that the condition is interfering with the patient’s daily life, and is even negatively affecting their quality of life.
The majority of patients who undergo a bladder lift surgery will find that the effects will last for several years and will only begin to decline with occasional bladder leakage after a significant amount of time has passed. It is a surgical procedure with a very high success rate, making it a great option to significantly impact the quality of life of many people suffering from stress incontinence. While every patient will vary a bit, in most cases, the efficacy of the bladder lift surgery will only decline steadily, around 70% in the first 10 years following the procedure, and often reduced to only 65% of the efficacy for the treatment after 20 years following the procedure. Suppose the results have declined significantly after several years and the treatment has proven effective in preventing urine leakage for a reasonable amount of time. In that case, the surgeon may recommend that the procedure be repeated for the patient. It is important to note that the procedure will still be fairly effective but may not yield the same degree of results as it had the first time.
A bladder lift surgery is minimally invasive, making it a very safe and low-risk procedure, with risks or complications being rare. It is still a surgical procedure so patients will need to be knowledgeable regarding the potential risks and will need to follow the aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of infections or other types of complications. As with all surgical procedures, the patient must find a surgeon who is highly experienced and with whom they trust and will be encouraged to explore all non-invasive or less invasive treatment options before choosing the surgical route to prevent undergoing an unnecessary procedure if possible. Some unlikely but potential risks that are associated with the bladder lift surgery include:
• Urinary tract infection
• Difficulty urinating
• Painful penetrative intercourse
• Reaction to anesthesia
With this type of procedure, there is also a chance that it may not be effective for some patients, providing little to no relief for their stress incontinence, making it even more important that the surgeon and patient openly discuss the efficacy of the procedure, the likelihood of the patient finding relief from the procedure, and other available treatment options for those who are less likely to find relief from the bladder lift surgery.
The primary benefit of a bladder lift surgery includes extra support for the urethra to keep it closed even when stress or pressure is being placed on the bladder, significantly reducing the occurrence of urine leaking. The success rate of the procedure is around 85% to 95%, making it a life-changing procedure for many patients suffering from moderate to severe stress incontinence that is affecting their quality of life daily. Additionally, the procedure only takes around one hour to complete, is a longer-term solution, and will typically be covered by the patient’s health insurance provider as it is deemed a medically necessary procedure.
The results of bladder lift surgery can endure for long periods and the procedure usually has a high success rate. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Arcadia, CA, and Glendale, CA. We serve patients from Arcadia CA, Glendale CA, Monrovia CA, Pasadena CA, Los Angeles CA, Burbank CA, and surrounding areas.