Urinary Incontinence Surgery
in Newport Beach
Urinary incontinence is extremely prevalent among women, yet this condition is rarely talked about. Urinary incontinence can range from the slight loss of urine in certain circumstances to the complete inability to control one’s bladder. There are many causes of urinary incontinence; however, a prolapsed bladder is one of the most common.
In women, the front of the vaginal wall supports the bladder. Aging and childbirth can weaken or loosen this wall. When the vaginal wall is too weak to support the bladder, the bladder can fall and begin to drop into the vagina, causing urinary incontinence.
Many women suffering from urinary incontinence do not know that their condition can be treated and relief is possible. Dr. Yu offers a minimally invasive procedure to treat urinary incontinence called the Burch. Traditionally, the Burch procedure is done with a large incision across the bikini line, similar to a cesarean section incision. However, Dr. Yu performs this procedure laparoscopically with a few very small incisions.
Am I a Candidate for the Burch Procedure to Treat My Urinary Incontinence?
You may be a candidate for urinary incontinence surgery if you experience urinary leakage due to increased pressure on your bladder; for example, leakage caused by laughing, coughing, straining, or jumping. Leakage caused by increased pressure is referred to as stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Candidates for the Burch Procedure May Experience:
- Urinary leakage
- Lower back pain
- Incomplete voiding of urine
- Bulge coming out of the vagina
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor to determine if you are suffering from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
Have Qustions About Urinary Incontinence?
Call us at (949) 432-4017 or fill out the form below with any questions or schedule your consultation with Dr. Yu
How Is Urinary Incontinence Treated?
Stress urinary incontinence can be treated with the laparoscopic Burch procedure. This procedure works to treat urinary incontinence by suspending and stabilizing the bladder. The Burch procedure can be performed laparoscopically or robotically, depending on your specific needs for the procedure.
Laparoscopic Burch Procedure
During a laparoscopic Burch procedure, a small incision is made in the belly button, which will not be visible. Two other small incisions are made on the side of the abdomen. Dr. Yu then inserts special surgical instruments and a laparoscope into the incisions to lift the bladder into a fixed position. Sutures are used to suspend the neck of the bladder and keep it in place.
Robotic Burch Procedure
A robotic Burch procedure is similar to a laparoscopic Burch procedure, but the robotic technique uses instruments attached to a robotic arm to suspend the bladder. Dr. Yu controls the robot in a console to perform the surgery.
After the bladder is suspended and stabilized, your incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures.
What Is the Recovery Like From Urinary Incontinence Surgery?
Recovery from either a laparoscopic or robotic Burch procedure takes around one to two weeks. During your recovery, you should spend time resting and properly recovering from surgery. Most patients report minimal discomfort after their Burch procedure and return to work and normal daily activities within a week. You should avoid sex and other strenuous activity for at least six weeks or until Dr. Yu clears you.
What Results Should I Expect From Urinary Incontinence Surgery?
After your Burch procedure, you should experience an improvement in your ability to control your bladder. The urinary leakage from coughing or sneezing should be addressed. Urinating should also become easier and more comfortable.