The Altis single incision sling is an innovative next generation technology from Coloplast. Altis is both less invasive at implant and leaves less mesh behind. The surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure which takes usually less than 30 minutes. Surgery involves a small incision in the vagina to place the mesh and recovery is very quick with most patients able to return to work in just a few days.
The two most common forms of incontinence are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence is caused by conditions that stretch the pelvic floor muscles like childbirth or weight gain. When those muscles are stretched or weakened, the bladder receives less support, pushing against the vagina and the muscles used to close the urethra are not as effective. When a person coughs, sneezes or laughs, the extra pressure on the bladder can cause a small leak of urine to escape. Urge incontinence occurs when the bladder involuntarily contracts and releases urine. It is difficult to find the root cause of this kind of incontinence but regular diagnoses include irritation of the bladder, emotional stress and conditions like Parkinson’s disease or stroke. Other less common types are overflow, functional, anatomical and total incontinence. Urge incontinence is typically treated with medication while stress incontinence is usually treated with bladder exercises or surgery.
It is recommended to practice pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels, to keep the muscles that support the bladder strong and flexible. If you start to experience incontinence issues, you should seek medical advice and treatment right away. Most medical conditions are more easily treated during the early stages and there is no reason to live with incontinence when treatment is so readily available.
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