Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) Syndrome

What is stress urinary incontinence (SUI)?

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common problem in women that causes the involuntary loss of urine during coughing, sneezing, laughing, or physical exertion such as running or climbing stairs.

What are the causes of SUI?

The cause for this involuntary loss of urine is the weakening of the urethral closure mechanism, which is the result of changes in the pelvic floor region. The main contributing factors are vaginal child birth, obesity and aging.

What are the traditional treatment options?

Until now SUI was treated non-invasively through muscular training, known as Kegel exercises, which are only marginally effective since they rely on daily compliance. SUI is also treated invasively with a surgical implant known as a Urethral Sling. This procedure requires hospitalization, recovery time and could potentially cause serious complications.

How does IncontiLase work?

The laser has a photo thermal heating effect on collagen in the urethra which causes restructuring and regrowth of the collagen. This results in thickening and tightening of the vaginal walls and urethra to improve atrophy and prevent urine loss.

This simple, non-surgical, in office procedure is highly effective, pain free and safe. You can leave immediately after the procedure and continue your daily routine.

94% of women reported that SUI improved significantly after 120 days and 68% were completely free of SUI*.

Pre-screening

  • Normal PAP smear within the last year

  • Clear urine culture , no bladder /urinary infection

  • Not pregnant

  • Not a heavy smoker

  • No chronic cough

  • Not a lifestyle with daily heavy lifting

  • Not obese, best is  < 33 BMI

  • No menstrual bleeding at time of procedure

Expectations

  • The treatments take approximately 40 minutes

  • Walk in, walk out procedure with no sedation required

  • Some patients may experience mild pain, burning or itching sensation during treatment at the entrance to the vagina and /or vestibular area, however it is generally well tolerated and usually does not persist beyond 24 hours post treatment

  • No continuing or lasting post-treatment pain has been noted

  • Having the treatment has no effect on subsequent pregnancy and delivery

  • Patients can be treated safely with an existing sling in place, should it fail and they begin leaking again

  • A second follow up treatment is required four (4) weeks after the first treatment

Post treatment recommendation

  • No special after care of medication or special accessories is required

  • There will be mild swelling and erythema of the treated area

  • Take care to prevent trauma to the treated area

  • Abstain from sexual intercourse for two (2) weeks after treatment

  • Avoid heavy lifting and activities that increase pressure on the area for one month but otherwise resume usual activities

  • Refrain from inserting tampons into the vagina for four (4) weeks

  • Avoid activities that increase pressure on bladder and treatment area for one month such as heavy lifting

  • Maintain voiding diary for two (2) weeks after treatment or as long as directed

  • Appointment for second treatment four (4) weeks after the first treatment

  • Prolonged periods of sustained exercise are not recommended for two (2) weeks 

* Data on file