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About Bladder neck suspension procedure (surgery)

What is Bladder neck suspension procedure (surgery)?

Understanding Bladder neck suspension procedure

If you suffer from moderate to severe stress incontinence, and it has not got any better with non-medical treatments like kegel exercises, medications, and electric stimulations, you may consider undergoing bladder neck suspension procedure.

What is bladder neck suspension procedure?

Bladder neck suspension or bladder suspension is a surgical procedure that is used to treat female incontinence. The surgery involves placing the sagging bladder back to its original position. There are different ways to place the bladder back to its position. The three most common bladder suspension surgical procedures include, open retro pubic suspension surgery, laparoscopic retro pubic suspension surgery, and needle bladder neck suspension surgery.

Open Retro pubic suspension surgery involves pulling up the bladder neck and sewing it to the surrounding bone or tissue with the help of sutures. It is a kind of abdominal surgery. Laparoscopic retro pubic surgery involves making a small incision than the open procedure. It allows for quick recovery. Needle neck suspension surgery is done either through the vagina or abdomen.

The type of bladder neck suspension procedure that your surgeon would choose for you would depend on the anatomy of your urinary tract and surrounding structures, and the experience of the surgeon. The success rate of the bladder neck suspension surgery is quite high. In 90% of the cases, this procedure is able to treat the problem of stress incontinence. Symptoms may return in about 4-5 years after the surgery. How long you can enjoy the results of bladder neck suspension surgery would actually depend on the activities you indulge in after the surgery, for how long you have had stress incontinence, other surgeries and medical conditions you may have, and your age.

Recovery from bladder suspension procedure depends on the type of procedure. Recovery times are usually longer for procedures that are done through the abdomen and shorter for those that are done through the vagina or laparoscopic incisions.


Who is the best candidate?

The best candidates for bladder neck suspension procedure are those who have developed stress incontinence because of Childbirth Menopause Surgery Problems with the muscles in the bladder and urethra People who suffer from a different type of incontinence, or those who have problems with healing, or those who are obese, are not considered to be suitable for bladder neck suspension surgery.

Side effects:

All surgeries have some risks. Some of the complications and risks that are associated with bladder neck suspension surgery include,

  • Trouble urinating
  • Bladder spasms
  • Bleeding
  • Injury to the urinary tract structures
  • Infection
  • Overactive bladder
  • Reaction to anaesthesia
  • Vaginal prolapse
The above risks and complications can be minimised by getting the surgery from a qualified and experienced surgeon.

What is the Cost?

The cost of bladder neck suspension surgery depends on the type of surgery, the experience and skill of the surgeon, and your location. To find out which type of bladder suspension surgery would work the best for you and how much it would cost, consult an experienced and qualified surgeon in Australia.

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