Urethral Suspension -- Retropubic Suspensions

Stress incontinence is one of the many causes of uncontrolled leaking of urine. Urethral suspension is a surgery to correct incontinence in women. The incontinence is most often caused by weakening of the pelvic muscles that normally keep the bladder in position. The muscles may be weakened by: Female Bladder and UrethraCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Severe nausea or vomiting
    • Trouble urinating
    • Pain, burning, urgency, or frequency while urinating

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    Stress
    incontinence
    is one of the many causes of uncontrolled leaking of urine. Urethral suspension is a surgery to correct incontinence in women.

    The incontinence is most often caused by weakening of the pelvic muscles that normally keep the bladder in position. The muscles may be weakened by:

    • Pregnancy
    • Childbirth
    • Menopause
    • Previous pelvic surgery
    • Lack of physical activity

    Female Bladder and Urethra
    Bladder and uretha female
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    The goal of this surgery is to provide extra support to the urethra, which gives more resistance against leakage. This will stop the uncontrolled leaking of urine.

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a urethral suspension, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Reactions to anesthesia
    • Inability to urinate
    • Continued incontinence or recurrence of the problem
    • Damage to other nearby organs or blood vessels
    • Pain (such as, during sexual intercourse)

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity