Surgery for Urinary Stress Incontinence May Make Incontinence Worse

Countless women's lives have been devastated by needless and ineffective surgery for urinary stress incontinence.
The long term results of these surgeries may be catastrophic for women. Urinary stress incontinence occurs due to a weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. Resistance exercise was found to be so much more effective than surgery in eliminating urinary stress incontinence in women that by 1950, routine surgery for urinary stress incontinence was no longer carried out in Dr Kegel's hospital. The success rate of 93% that Dr Kegel achieved with resistance exercise in alleviating urinary stress incontinence far surpasses the success rate achieved with today's 'minimally invasive' surgeries.
"On the strength of these favorable results urinary stress incontinence in women is no longer routinely treated by surgical intervention at...LA County General Hospital." Resistance exercise must not be confused with the nonsensical instruction to squeeze your pelvic floor muscles against nothing. This cannot prevent or alleviate urinary stress incontinence in the same way that working the pelvic floor muscles against resistance can. A 'repair job' to alleviate urinary stress incontinence may cause more problems in the long term than it resolves. There may come a point after successive surgeries where no further surgery may be carried out. The woman may then be left permanently incontinent. Dr Kegel observed that scar tissue from previous surgery contributed to the failure rate of the few women who did not succeed with resistance exercise.
More doctors today are becoming aware that resistance exercise, not surgery, is the answer to the problem of urinary stress incontinence.
Source: Abigail O'Donovan

Advantages of Surgeries Performed by Hi-Tech Robots

Cookeville Regional Medical Center became the eleventh hospital in Ohio to buy a "Da Vinci" brand robot. The $1.5 million robot is especially favored by urologists in prostate surgeries. The below comparison of Da Vinci assisted Gynecologic Surgery with traditional Open Abdominal Surgery, as provided by Women’s Specialty Health Centers of Indianapolis, shows the typical advantages of operations performed by robots (with the exception of actual surgery time):
Incisions: Five 1-inch incisions versus one 8-to-10 inch incision.
Surgery time: 2-3 hours versus 1-to-2 hours.
Hospital stay: 1-2 days versus 3-5 days.
Source: U. Akinci

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