Afraid a sneeze, cough or good belly laugh will exacerbate your urinary incontinence?
If so, chances are you’re a candidate for CO2 laser treatment performed by Dr. Jamie Lipeles at Marina OB/GYN, located in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California. Dr. Jamie Lipeles, is an expert in CO2 vaginal laser treatments, have improved urinary stress incontinence for countless women throughout Marina Del Rey, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice, Westchester, Playa Vista, Culver City and the greater and South Bay area.
Up to a third of women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine. This can range from the occasional, minor leakage to a severe loss of bladder control.
It’s an issue that can put a damper of one’s quality of life, to say the least. The risk of urinary incontinence increases with age, in large part due to the loss of estrogen that accompanies menopause. In addition, incontinence is frequently caused by pelvic floor stress sustained during pregnancy and/or childbirth.
How Does Dr. Lipeles Treat Urinary Incontinence?
Forget the panty liners and disposable inserts, advances in non-surgical, drug-free technology now offer a permanent fix for women of all ages who suffer from urinary stress incontinence.
The FemiLift CO2 laser procedure can help control mild to moderate degrees of incontinence by rejuvenating the tissues and muscles that support the bladder and the urethra. This is achieved through the laser's ability to stimulate the production of new collagen and shrinking tissues, leaving them firmer, more flexible, and more resilient. Hundreds of women have benefited from this treatment at Marina OB/GYN, performed by Dr. Lipeles, who has extensive experience in using FemiLift's breakthrough technology for women of all ages.
At Marina OB/GYN we treat many types of incontinence to help women regain control of a leaky bladder. These include:
Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. One of the most common urinary incontinence types of stress urinary incontinence, which is detailed in the next section. There is also a type known as urge incontinence, which can be caused by infection, diabetes, or certain neurologic disorders. When an infection is discovered to be the cause, Dr. Lipeles will prescribe antibiotic medication to clear the infection.
Then there is overflow incontinence, which causes dribbling urine when the bladder does not empty fully on a trip to the bathroom. Functional incontinence sometimes occurs in patients that have difficulty quickly unbuttoning pants in time to urinate due to mobility issues. Finally, it is also common for patients to experience multiple types of incontinence. This is known as “mixed incontinence”. The most important thing to remember is you do not have to live another day with leaking urine. We have cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatments that provide remarkable improvement so you can live without the fear of unexpected urine leaking.
One of the most common types we treat is stress urinary incontinence as a result of past pregnancy or aging. Stress urinary incontinence is also known as SUI. Any activity that puts stress on the bladder, such as lifting a heavy object or coughing, can result in leaking urine.
Naturally, this is problematic for a variety of reasons. Leaking urine is known to cause women that have the condition a great degree of physical discomfort, embarrassment, and a deteriorated quality of life. Long term, untreated urinary incontinence can lead to problems on a daily basis and also hinder a woman’s confidence or make her feel older than her true age. Psychological stress is another possible outcome of untreated urinary incontinence.
While pelvic floor exercises are considered the first line of defense as the initial treatment for SUI, surgical intervention is deemed to have better efficacy and results.
However, even minimally invasive surgical procedures can have unwanted side effects, prolonged recovery, and come with the potential dangers of undergoing surgery. For this reason, many women are reluctant to proceed with surgical intervention. Recently, the vaginal CO2 laser has gained favor as an SUI treatment for women that wish to eliminate urinary incontinence in an outpatient setting.
Compared to surgery, laser treatment for incontinence has an even higher safety profile. Few women experience any adverse effects from the treatment. CO2 laser has been shown to significantly reduce urinary incontinence so women can take control of a leaky bladder.
In an April 2016 study performed by the manufacturer, nearly all patients treated with laser (approximately 97%) noticed a reduction in urinary frequency and urgency within the first few months of treatment, showing that laser is a highly effective and promising line of defense against the condition. Once fully recovered, more than 91% of patients treated reported that there was no pain during vaginal intercourse as a result of treatment once they were cleared to resume having sex with a partner. Women with SUI reported the highest patient satisfaction with the procedure in that same study.
It may feel uncomfortable discussing incontinence with your doctor, but it is important for your physical health and mental wellbeing.
Dr. Jamie Lipeles has helped women relieve urinary incontinence with simple yet highly effective medical treatments that provide great improvement. As an OB/GYN, it is among his areas of expertise, so there is no need to feel ashamed about this common condition.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from CO2 Laser Treatments for Incontinence?
Dr. Lipeles has seen this procedure totally cure incontinence for many patients who suffer from mild to moderate cases. Even those with severe incontinence will experience some improvement, if not a total remedy.
Dr. Lipeles recommends CO2 laser as a first-line treatment for all of his patients who suffer from stress urinary incontinence. Some women may experience some moderate discomfort, but treatment is not painful nor does it require any downtime. Only a very small minority of women require surgical intervention. Alternative treatments may be available for women that do not respond to FemiLift CO2 for incontinence. Dr. Jamie Lipeles is committed to working with each individual patient to find satisfactory treatments that deliver meaningful results in order to enhance his patients’ quality of life. When you have urinary incontinence, often a very private struggle, you can rest assured that you are not alone in the fight to treat it.
To learn more about urinary incontinence treatments with a provider at Marina OB/GYN, call the office or book an appointment using the easy online scheduling system.