Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Stress urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. Stress incontinence tends to occur when the bladder is under pressure, such as when you cough or laugh. This is a very common problem which affects millions of people. It is generally caused by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and the urethral sphincter.
There are certain factors which can increase the likelihood of stress urinary incontinence occurring, such as pregnancy, vaginal childbirth, family history of incontinence, obesity, or simply from ageing.
As this can negatively affect your life, many people will choose to seek out treatment. You can undertake pelvic floor exercises or try medication, however, this may not be a completely effective solution. Surgical procedures are also available. However, for those who do not wish to undergo a surgical procedure, laser treatment may be a suitable option.
IncontiLase is a non-invasive laser treatment that improves stress urinary incontinence. This is achieved by shrinking the urethral and anterior bladder wall region.
This procedure is completed using Fotona’s Er:YAG laser.
There are many benefits to undergoing stress urinary incontinence laser treatment, including:
You will be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you have stress urinary incontinence which you are wishing to treat, but do not want to undertake surgery.
You will have to be at least 18 years old to be suitable for this procedure.
Before undergoing laser therapy, you will need to meet the surgeon and have a consultation. The surgeon will be able to assess whether or not you are suitable for laser therapy or whether other treatments will be more suitable.
IncontiLase treatment involves using a precisely controlled Er:YAG laser in the area along the anterior vaginal wall and in the vestibule and urethral orifice. The laser energy is delivered to the pelvic fascia and the vaginal mucosa tissue.
This results in collagen neogenesis and remodelling, which shrinks and tightens the tissue, allowing you to regain continence.
Most people will achieve the desired results after one session. However, if you need to undergo a second procedure you will be able to have this after one month.
This is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure, so you will be able to return to your usual daily routine straight after the procedure.
Stress urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It is caused by the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and the urethral sphincter. While there are other types of urinary incontinence, stress urinary incontinence will generally occur when you cough or laugh.
There are many non-surgical options available, such as undertaking pelvic exercises or taking medication, which may solve the problem.
You may also be able to undergo surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence.
However, if exercises and medication have not worked and you do not wish to undergo a surgical procedure, you may wish to have laser therapy.
Laser therapy is done by using Fotona’s IncontiLase therapy, which involves the use of the Er:YAG laser.
The Er:YAG laser energy is delivered to the pelvic fascia and the vaginal mucosa tissue. This results in the neogenesis and remodelling of collagen, which shrinks and tightens the tissue. This allows for the incontinence to stop.
This is a non-surgical procedure, so there is no recovery time. You will be able to leave after the procedure is finished.
Most people will only need to have one session. If you need to have a second treatment, this can be undertaken after one month.