Laser Urinary Incontinence Treatment

Urinary incontinence is a nightmare for women and urinary incontinence in an unexpected environment has become a social problem. People have to limit their water intake or avoid going out since they encounter this serious problem. They don't want to move further away from their homes. Moreover, sexual unwillingness follows since they also encounter the same problem during sexual intercourse and they use pad or prefer staying at home.

What is urinary incontinence? According to the definition by International Continence Association, the involuntary urinary leakage that causes social and hygienic problems and urinary failures are called urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is a frequently encountered problem by women throughout their lives.

The urine that drains from the kidneys accumulates through the ureters on both sides into the bladder that is situated below. Urine is discharged through the hole located under the clitoris by way of the channel called urethra. We can hold or release urine based on the coordinated operation of bladder muscle and nerve system thanks to the urethra valve. Urinary incontinence can be faced when there is weakness in muscle layers on the pelvis area. When there is a problem with the operation of this system, urinary incontinence or involuntary release might be encountered.

There might also be involuntary urine leakage when intra-abdominal pressure increases in cases such as cough, sneeze or laughing. And sometimes you can't hold your urine although you feel like going to the bathroom.

What are the cases in which urinary incontinence complaint is seen the most frequently?

  • Encountered by women more frequently.
  • More frequent in certain family history (certain connective tissue diseases) and certain races.
  • Those that have faced difficult delivery, big baby delivery or multiple deliveries.
  • Urethra infections
  • Certain systemic and neurological diseases such as diabetics
  • Obesity
  • Smokers and those with chronic cough
  • Certain drugs may cause cough as a side effect requiring extra attention
  • Menopauses and old age period
  • Chronic constipation
  • After any gynecological, urinary system or spinal cord operation.

Sagging of the bladder due to loss of support by the pelvic muscle layer for all these reasons is called cystocele while herniation of intestine into vaginal channel is called rectocele and enterocele. In addition to the complaints of urinary incontinence, the cosmetic appearance will also disturb the individual.

For the diagnosis of urinary incontinence or inability to hold urine, certain special tests are employed. Urinary test and culture is required. Systemic diseases are also investigated.

The treatment of urinary incontinence varies in different methods like drug therapy, methods for strengthening pelvic muscles, Kegel exercises, exposed or enclosed surgical operations. None of the surgical operations guarantee a final treatment. It will only make certain contributions to improve the social life of the patient.

There are methods recently developed that can be implemented any time as outpatient treatment without any pain and no need for anesthesia, operation, incision or suture for mild to intermediate urinary incontinence or mixed type urinary incontinence by laser treatment.

In Er:YAG laser application, the patient is taken to the gynecology table and positioned by means of a special speculum and the laser increases the production in collagen tissues by photothermal effect and tightens the vaginal and pelvic muscles supporting the bladder. In this way, urinary incontinence complaints are completely eliminated.

What are the benefits for the patient?

  • No need for operation or anesthesia. There is no suture or incision. It doesn't cause pain or hurting.
  • There is no need for any special preparation before or after the treatment. The patient can visit the clinic any time.
  • Treatment takes approximately 20-25 minutes. There is no damage to tissues.
  • Second session might be needed 1 month later in certain patients.
  • Patient can turn back to ordinary life immediately.
  • Studies haven't reported any complication or side effect.
  • Tightening is possible in vaginal area with the rejuvenation/recovery treatment.
  • Sexual life will be recovered.

Our recommendation is that when you visit your gynecologist doctor, please don't refrain from telling about your urinary incontinence and sexual problems. Let urinary incontinence be no more a problem for you and enjoy recovering your ordinary course of life again.

Wishing you the best and the healthiest days of your life with your beloved ones...