Urethral Bulking Injections at Lowcountry Urology Clinics
The physicians of Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC are skilled in performing urethral bulking injection procedures for female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). We invite referring physicians to consider us for their patients who may benefit from this procedure.
As a service to our referring physicians, Lowcountry Urology Clinics would like to present some basic information on urethral bulking injection procedures that you may wish to share with your patients.
Description of Urethral Bulking Injection Procedure
Urethral bulking injections are a minimally invasive procedure, primarily for female patients with stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Weak bladder suspension muscles often cause SUI, or the muscles that control urine flow. The Urologoist performs this procedure with a cystoscope, and injects bulking agents (gel-like collagen material) into the urethra. This closes a hole that allows urine leakage and thickens the urethra wall to improve urine retention.
Urethral bulking procedures are typically performed in an outpatient setting and under local anesthesia. This allows the patient to stand up after the injection to see if continence has been achieved. If not, the Urologist may perform additional injection right away.
Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC employ two respected names in minimally invasive urethral bulking injection procedures: Durasphere and Coaptite.*
Who May Benefit from the Urethral Bulking Injection Procedure?
The Urologist may suggest urethral bulking injections to treat:
- Women with mild stress incontinence. This is incontinence that occurs during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise.
- Women with stress incontinence that do not want or can’t have more invasive surgery.
- Women with mixed incontinence. This is stress incontinence combined with urge incontinence (a strong, sudden need to urinate that is unrelated to stressful activities).
Choose Lowcountry Urology Clinics for Your Patients
For your SUI patients who may benefit from a urethral bulking injection procedure, Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC is a referral you can make with confidence. Contact us today!