Stress urinary incontinence treatment is a revolutionary advancement in laser technology for Fotona® that allows women to regain control and activity in their life again. Stress urinary incontinence impacts on women on a daily basis and is a controlling blight to a woman and her ability to be active and confident.
After childbirth, many women can relate with their issues of sneezing, jumping on a trampoline, going to the gym or trying to complete a fun run. Many women will put this down to “well, that’s what happens when you have a baby”. However, with the advancements in medicine and lasers, women do not need to put up with these symptoms and do not need to look to invasive surgery, which involves pain, hospitalisation and down time.
The IncontiLase® treatment is minimally invasive, painless and non-surgical. There are no needles, cutting or bleeding, and no sutures, analgesia or antibiotics required.
A speculum similar to when having a pap smear is inserted into the vagina, and a specialised gynaecological laser probe. The heat from the laser beam harmoniously passes through the vaginal wall and works at a cellular level. The warmth of the laser:
The above three mechanisms, in turn, provide greater support to the urethra, bladder neck and the bladder to facilitate a stronger, healthier uro–genital system.
Excellent improvements have been recorded for mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence.
Prior to Your Laser Therapy
Our female clinic doctor and our female registered midwife will be looking after you through your IncontiLase® journey. Your initial consultation will involve a vaginal assessment, a questionnaire about your urinary habits and a discussion about your medical and health history. There will be a thorough discussion about the IncontiLase® treatment and your incontinence issues. Be sure to ask as many questions as you wish.
During the Laser Therapy
The laser procedure is similar to having a pap smear. A speculum, similar to a pap smear speculum is placed into the vagina, and then a special laser probe, specific for this procedure, is placed within this speculum. The laser therapy does not hurt. You can hear a pulsed sound of the laser delivering its light beam into the vagina and can vaguely feel this sensation too. The probe is moved around gently inside the vagina to laser all the required areas. At times there is a point when the laser is towards the outer edge of the vagina where you will feel the laser sensation differently, but it is not painful. The procedure takes about 40 minutes, and you will be amazed at the ease and comfortable nature of the treatment.
After Your IncontiLase® Therapy
Usually two to three treatments are required to treat mild to moderate stress or mixed urinary incontinence. There are no special pre- or post-procedure requirements. One can even return to work after the 40-minute procedure and continue on with normal daily activities. For the following few hours your vagina may feel warm, but no pain should be associated.
Exercise, lifting or any strenuous activity where stress is put on the core muscles or the pelvic floor must be avoided for around 1 week. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for 2 weeks. This allows the region to settle.
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