Stress incontinence is leakage that occurs with sneezing, coughing, or physical exertion. Urine loss occurs due to weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and support structures, or because the muscles of the urethra are not strong enough to prevent urine from leaking.
Even though stress incontinence can be very bothersome and disruptive, it is important to note that it is rarely a sign of any serious medical problem. There are many options for treatment of this common problem which are described in more detail below.
Although surgeries for stress urinary incontinence are generally simple and can be done as outpatient procedures, there are always potential major risks and complications with any type of surgical intervention.