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I have spinal stenosis . had a spinal fusion of the L1, L2,L3, to help the pain.now have severe leg pian, bladder incontinence .any surgery options ?

I have spinal stenosis . had a spinal fusion of the L1, L2,L3, to help the pain.now have severe leg pian, bladder incontinence .any surgery  options ?

Back pain: If someone is losing control of their bowel or bladder due to back problems they should go to the ER to be seen. Don't know what surgical options there are as I am Family Medicine - but would still go to ER. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Is bladder sling surgery for incontinence usually outpatient surgery or does it usually require a hospital stay?

Is bladder sling surgery for incontinence usually outpatient surgery or does it usually require a hospital stay?

Here are some...: An eventful bladder sling procedures can be done as outpatients for most cases, but final decision is reached through joint effort between patients & surgeons reflecting the level of professional proficiency, confidence, and patient's expectation and coping ability. Hence, ask and talk with your surgeon as the most reasonable way to gain reasonable answer. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a bladder sling surgery for incontinence and then later on had a successful pregnancy?

Has anyone had a bladder sling surgery for incontinence and then later on had a successful pregnancy?

Yes: Normal pregnancies can follow incontinence surgery. However, delivery can damage the incontinence repair and cause you to leak again. Repeat surgeries tend to be less effective than initial repairs. It is best to treat incontinence with conservative measures and delay surgery until you are done having children. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for incontinence surgery for dropped bladder ?

Depends: It depends on if the surgery is done only to correct incontinence, or if you have repair of prolapse (dropping). Also, it depends on what type of activities you want to do. In general the healing to return to most daily activities is 2-6 weeks. Heavy lifting or strenuous exercise may have to be delayed for several months because it takes the body this long to form scar tissue. ...Read more

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Would you recommend having corrective surgery with mesh for bladder stress incontinence?

Would you recommend having corrective surgery with mesh for bladder stress incontinence?

Yes: As long as it was just a mesh sling, and not mesh for lifting up the whole bladder, the fda has stated there are no problems with the small amount of mesh used just for incontinence. ...Read more

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I had bladder surgery a week ago. (tape) for stress incontinence . I am now having pain in my groin. Could there be a connection?

I had bladder surgery a week ago. (tape) for stress incontinence . I am now having  pain in my groin. Could there be a connection?

Post op problems: Post operative problems are wide ranging. Okay to talk to your surgery team and ask this question. It is possible they are connected. Be well. ...Read more

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I am facing my 2nd surgery for uterine/bladder prolapse. Is there a greater risk for incontinence this time? And can this happen over and over?

I am facing my 2nd surgery for uterine/bladder prolapse.   Is there a greater risk for incontinence this time?  And can this happen over and over?

Depends: Surgical skill is important, but your underlining condition is a problem. Did you go for 2 nd opinion. What is the success rate of this surgeon with other patients? ...Read more

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A week ago had a tvto (?) Surgery for bladder incontinence I am now starting to experience some vaginal itching and soreness. Suggestions?

A week ago had a tvto (?) Surgery for bladder incontinence    I am now starting to experience some vaginal itching and soreness.  Suggestions?

Vaginal itching: Hello. Thank you for this question. Due to the procedure you had and need to prepare the operating area for sterility, you may be experiencing a yeast infection. I recommend contacting your surgeon as he/she will best know what antibiotics and preparation measures were taken before the procedure. A simple single dose medicine called diflucan (fluconazole) may be used to treat. ...Read more

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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more