Leakage of urine has two categories: stress and urgency. Stress urinary incontinence is leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing, laughing, or any activity that increases pressure in the belly. Urgency urinary incontinence is leakage of urine with the urge to void, usually on the way to the toilet. Both types of leakage are treated differently. Some treatments offer great improvement others can resolve the leakage.
Pelvic organ prolapse is common in women who have been pregnant, have had a vaginal birth, and as we age. Prolapse can be very scary and embarrassing, but it is not typically any emergency. Treatment options are aimed at improving bother from vaginal bulge or pressure symptoms.
Recurrent urinary tract infections (a.k.a bladder infections) are common after menopause. Several medical options are available to prevent and treat bladder infections that occur frequently.
Mesh-related pain or complications, voiding difficulty, urinary retention, interstitial cystitis (pelvic pain, pain with urination or full bladder), painful intercourse, blood in urine, accidental bowel leakage, fistula (abnormal communication between the vagina and bladder)
Hysterectomy (vaginal and laparoscopic), Uterosacral and sacrospinous ligament suspensions (vaginal support procedures), Sling for stress urinary incontinence (mesh and using patient's own tissue), sling revision, Sacrocolpopexy, vaginal and laparoscopic mesh removal, Botox for overactive bladder, Sacroneuromodulation for overactive bladder or bowel urgency or leakage, Vaginal wall repairs (for cystoscele, rectocele, or enterocele), colpocleisis (shortenting and narrowing of the vagina), urethral diverticulectomy, fistula repair
Pessary fitting for prolapse or urinary incontinence, urodynamic testing, cystoscopy, Botox for overactive bladder
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Yes. All insurances pay for these services, including surgery.
2. Can something be done to make me stop leaking urine and not feel like my "insides are falling out?"
Yes. Medical and surgical treatments are available. For most women, knowing that you are not alone is the beginning of healing.
3. Is it possible to get help if I have already had a surgery for prolpase or incontinence
Yes. Dr. Lake is experienced in treating those with previous surgery or mesh.
4. Where does Dr. Lake perform surgery?
Major cases are performed at Swedish Hospital First Hill Campus.
Minor surgeries (same-day discharge home) are performed at First Hill Surgery Center (1101 Madison #200, Seattle, WA).
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