What is a Colposuspension?
Colposuspension is a surgical procedure used to treat stress-incontinence in women. Stress-incontinence is the loss of small amounts of urine while performing any physical activity, such as running, laughing, coughing, or exercising that puts increased pressure on the bladder. Muscles in the pelvic floor, through which the vagina and bladder openings pass, support the bladder and allow you to regulate urine flow. When these muscles weaken, the bladder drops resulting in undermined control. Colposuspension is the recommended healthcare surgical procedure to tighten the pelvic muscles and restore power over urine flow.
Who Requires a Colposuspension?
Exercise of the pelvic muscles (Kegels), biofeedback, or electrical implants (still in the experimental stages) can ease symptoms, but generally don’t cure the problem. Many healthcare providers recommend colposuspension as a viable and safe alternative.
What Can I Expect with a Colposuspension?
The procedure requires a complete (general) anesthetic. The surgeon will then make a lower transverse incision below the pubic hairline to free the bladder and allow the insertion of special stitches to tighten the pelvic floor. After the incision is sutured shut, the surgeon will use a medical telescope to check for bladder injury. During post-operative care, usually lasting about a week, your healthcare provider will supply necessary painkillers and an IV drip to replenish salt, sugar, water, and blood. You will also have a catheter in place to drain urine for a couple of days to allow your bladder to regain normal function. Expect a recovery time of six weeks with limited physical activity and a return to all regular activities in three months.