Female urologic surgery refers to a group of procedures aimed at treating urologic disorders and conditions. One of the most common urologic procedures for women is bladder surgery, which is used to treat urinary incontinence (the involuntary leaking of urine).
Women's’ health providers at Dignity Health offer compassionate care to treat a wide range of medical conditions with urologic and bladder surgery in Arizona. To learn more about the benefits of these treatments, Find a Doctor today.
Are You a Candidate for Urologic & Bladder Surgery?
Urologic and bladder surgery may be helpful if you have difficulty controlling urination. Urinary problems can range from mild leaking to emptying large amounts of urine unexpectedly and involuntarily.
Women experience urinary incontinence twice as often as men. This can be the result of:
- Damage to the urethra (the tube through which urine exits the body) caused by pregnancy and delivery
- Spinal cord injury
- Congenital conditions
- Nervous system diseases or disorders
Conditions that may be treated with urologic or bladder surgery include:
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary retention
- Interstitial cystitis and pelvic pain
- Overactive bladder
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Neurogenic bladder
Your doctor may recommend surgery if lifestyle changes or noninvasive therapies have not been successful at treating your urinary problems.
What to Expect With Urogynecologic Surgery at Dignity Health
A urogynecologist will most often perform surgical procedures for conditions affecting the bladder and other nearby organs. These surgeries will be performed in a Dignity Health hospital, with general or spinal anesthesia.
In many cases, urologic and bladder surgery can be performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures with small incisions, resulting in less scarring, less pain, and a quicker recovery time.
Once your surgery is complete, you stay in a recovery room while you care team monitors your vital signs for a little while. Depending on your specific condition and the extent of your surgery, you may be able to go back home the same day. For more complex procedures, a few days in the hospital may be necessary to ensure a smooth recovery.
During your recovery process, you may need the assistance of a urinary catheter (a) tube in your urethra to help you urinate while you heal. Your doctor will give you special instructions on how to care for it and how to remove it.
It will be very important to follow the instructions from your care team on avoiding any strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting or vigorous exercise, which can strain the muscles in your abdomen while you heal.
Dignity Health performs a wide range of urological procedures, including bladder surgery in Arizona, to treat urinary incontinence & other urogynecologic conditions with personalized care and humankindness.