Patients are encouraged to address their urinary incontinence concerns and pelvic organ prolapse with less invasive treatments whenever possible. However, there are times in which patients do not see the necessary results with Kegel exercises, pelvic floor trainers, and pessaries. Instead, these patients may benefit from a surgical procedure to improve their condition and restore their quality of life. Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology offers several surgical treatments through his practice.
Vaginal Sling / Vaginal Mesh
When stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse begins to affect a patient’s daily life, they may consider the benefits of a sling or vaginal mesh. These are surgically placed to help support the organs and to hold up the neck of the bladder to reduce bladder leakage.
Injections can be used to add bulk to the urethral area and reduce bladder leakage. This is an outpatient procedure that can be performed quickly and regularly to maintain bladder functionality and address incontinence.
Using an electronic device surgically placed into the vagina, patients can strengthen their muscles by stimulating the nerves. Called InterStim neuromodulation, this method is a long-term solution to a lifelong condition. Patients utilize a temporary device to determine the effectiveness before having one permanently implanted.
There are various types of hysterectomies, and they may be necessary for patients who are ready for a permanent solution to their pelvic organ prolapse. Patients who no longer plan to bear children or are past menopause often consider hysterectomies.
Vaginal Tightening / Vaginoplasty
When bladder leakage occurs due to weakened vaginal muscles, vaginal tightening can be completed. Also known as vaginoplasty, this plastic surgery can be performed for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Patients with a loose vagina may experience less satisfaction during sex, the inability to feel stimulation in the area, and weakened bladder control.
Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology offers discreet, personal care for women addressing pelvic concerns. He has three offices conveniently located in the communities of Park City, Woodstock, and Lake Forest, Illinois to help women improve their pelvic functionality and feel more confident in their urogynecological health.