Urinary Incontinence – Laser Treatment
The laser used is an Erbium Yag 2940nm which tightens and lifts the pelvic floor. This laser has been widely used for facial skin resurfacing in the last 10-15 years and has been proven to be safe and effective.
How it works :
A special laser introducer is inserted into the vagina after the area has been sterilized with an antiseptic. A laser applicator is inserted into the introducer which lasers the front wall of the vagina. A different laser head is then used to laser the rest of the vagina. New collagen growth occurs over 1-3 months resulting in contraction of the vagina by 20-30%. This contraction results in the elevation and tightening of the pelvic floor reducing incontinence.
For a summary of the recent study of 107 patients and their outcomes and experience please click on – Improvement in Stress and Mixed Urinary Incontinence
For a copy of the initial study of 39 patients please click this link . INCONTINENCE STUDY
Who is suitable ?
Women post childbirth who suffer from stress (laugh, cough, sneeze, run) incontinence. Those with mild or moderate symptoms can expect to have no incontinence. Those with more severe incontinence can expect a reduction and with a number of treatments maybe able to achieve near continence.
Does it hurt ?
Most women describe the procedure as mildly painful when lasering near the opening of the vagina. The laser produces a warmth feeling and occasional sharper sensations. Nitrous gas is used to reduce pain.
Side effects :
Some localised swelling and inflammation can occur. Mild epithelial burns are possible.
Number of treatments required :
For mild cases only one treatment is required. For moderate incontinence 1-2 treatments may be required, and a further treatment in 18 months is sometimes required. Treatment of more severe cases will have to be individualised depending on response.
For a short video on the Incontilase please click on the link below :