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Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is a condition in which unwanted urine leaks from the bladder. The neck of the bladder falls below the pelvic floor, which is a sling of muscles that holds the uterus, bladder, bowel and other organs in place.

Symptoms

Urine leakage while:

  • Laughing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Heavy lifting
  • Exercising
  • Other strenuous activity

Risk Factors

The root of the problem is a loss of pelvic floor support due to childbirth, obesity, age or congenital weakness.

According to recent reports by the US National Institutes of Health, approximately 13 million adult women experience or currently suffer from stress urinary incontinence in the United States.

In 2010, approximately 160,000 SUI and 75,000 POP procedures were performed using mesh.