Bladder slings, or “mid-urethral” slings, are used to help patients in the Woodstock, IL area with stress urinary incontinence. This condition can cause patients to experience leaking due to a weakened support of the urethra. This can be embarrassing, but with the placement of a bladder sling, patients may find relief. Patients should consult with a urogynecologist to determine if the sling procedure is best for them. How does a bladder sling work? The bladder sling is used to support the patient’s bladder to help bring it into its original position. Is a bladder sling appropriate for me? During a … Continue reading
Incontinence can be a major issue in the life of any woman. Since 1996, however, many have received care for this problem via bladder sling surgery. When conservative non-surgical remedies have been unsuccessful in putting a stop to urinary incontinence, the midurethral bladder sling can be a wonderful solution. Some patients treated with this method, however, have experienced complications such as erosion, painful intercourse, or persistent vaginal pain or leakage. For women in the area of Woodstock, Crystal Lake, Park City, and other suburbs around Chicago, Partners in Pelvic Health at North Shore Urogynecology is a wonderful resource for incontinence … Continue reading
For more than a decade, women dealing with stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse have been able to turn to their specialty physician for surgical treatment using transvaginal mesh or a bladder sling. In many cases, this type of surgical intervention is appropriate and successful. In some women, however, the placement of mesh or a sling can produce complications that affect quality of life. When the treatment sought is no better than living with stress urinary incontinence, what is a woman to do? Dr. Sanjay Gandhi consults with women in his three Illinois urogynecology offices regarding the complications of … Continue reading
Advances in specialized medicine have improved urinary incontinence treatment available in Woodstock
One of the most common problems faced by women as they age is urinary incontinence. The leakage of urine may be slight and occur only during physical exertion, but the experience is nonetheless distressing. Researchers estimate that as many as 20 million American women experience this uncomfortable, embarrassing problem. Causes Several factors affect bladder control. These include genetic factors, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and age. The direct cause of urine leakage may be either prolapse or weakened muscles in the pelvic floor. Stress Urinary Incontinence Urinary incontinence may be either stress related or urge related. Stress urinary incontinence is the most … Continue reading
Dr. Sanjay Gandhi and his staff of experienced, compassionate professionals help women regain confidence to engage in life when affected by urinary incontinence. At North Shore Urogynecology, we can help you maintain pelvic health and address a number of specific concerns. For patients affected by urinary incontinence, we may begin by discussing and implementing a variety of non-surgical treatment options. When necessary, we will discuss the types of slings used in our Crystal Lake facility, and take this approach to correction if deemed most appropriate. Mid-urethral slings can be very effective at reducing or eliminating urinary incontinence. Through a short … Continue reading
Stress urinary incontinence, in which urine leaks from the bladder when one laughs, coughs, sneezes, or performs some other physical activity, is a condition that can leave a women feeling frustrated and embarrassed. This condition, which affects women far more often than men, may be associated with pregnancy and childbirth, weight, and aging. What is a “bladder sling”? In our Crystal Lake pelvic health practice, Dr. Gandhi sees many women treated with bladder slings, or more accurately urethral slings. This procedure is performed using either synthetic material or biologic tissue. Traditionally, referred to as a “pelvic hammock” or “bladder lift,” … Continue reading
Medicine has developed several treatment options over the years for incontinence. The midurethral sling is a surgical procedure that has been used to treat stress urinary incontinence since 1996. Slings have revolutionized the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women when non-invasive treatments have failed to produce optimal results. Yet, some patients develop complications that could lead to persistent leakage, vaginal pain, painful intercourse, mesh erosion, and other mesh complications. Dr. Gandhi performs sling revisions and mesh removals as needed for the reduction or elimination of complicated physical effects from previous sling surgery. If you have attempted to treat stress … Continue reading
Sanjay Gandhi, M.D.
Conditions affecting the female pelvis are the focus at Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology. We provide effective solutions for these problems from our offices at Park City, Woodstock, and Lake Forest in Illinois.
Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology
Our team is headed by Sanjay Gandhi, MD, Urogynecologist. Dr. Gandhi’s specialized education included a residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Northwestern University and a three-year urogynecology fellowship. He is among a few in the country to pass the first examination in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also teaches healthcare students.