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Incontinence Slings          

Incontinence is the sudden unintentional release of urine. Embarrassing and unpredictable, it can cause women to avoid an active lifestyle, shy away from social situations, constantly search for the nearest bathroom. Many women are afraid to share these problems with their doctor.

Women account for over 85% of the 40 million Americans who suffer from urine leakage. The common types of incontinence are stress, urge, mixed, and overflow. Simple office testing diagnoses which type of incontinance is inconveniencing a woman. Many times medication and pelvic muscle exercises (Kegels) as well as nonsurgical appliances such as a pessary can address these issues. Biofeedback and minimally invasive procedures also can promote effective control.

Most surgical treatments to date were invasive, required general anesthesia, hospital stays, and had extended recovery time. Dr. Hubbell was one of the first in Mid-Missouri to offer simple minimally invasive suburethral sling that supports the urethra through a small vaginal incision with abbreviated recovery time. Many patients can return home the same day. The need for post-catherization is reduced, recovery times are shortened, and pain is usually minimal. Sling procedures are frequently completed in 20 to 30 minutes. Dr. Hubbell introduced a new incontinence sling procedure in the office setting.

Women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant are probably not candidates for this procedure. Past incontinence slings have presented rare risks that included difficulty urinating, injury to blood vessels, and injury to internal organs. The newer sling approaches have minimized these complications compared to the former more invasive approaches. Sling cure rates and substantial improvements approach 90% and have made many women happy.

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