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Burch Colposuspension

Also known as Burch Colposuspension Procedure - a surgical procedure used to treat stress incontinence.

Burch Colposuspension For Incontinence

Burch Colposuspension Procedure for Stress IncontinencePerformed under general anaesthetic the surgeon uses a laparoscope through a small incision, usually via the bellybutton.

Small incisions (sometimes three) are made in the lower abdomen to allow the insertion of other instruments required to perform the procedure.

An incision is made inside the abdominal cavity - between the bladder and the back of the pubic bone known as the space of Retzius. The bladder is then 'suspended'.

 The Burch colposuspension procedure most often used involves placing stitches adjacent to the neck of the bladder on each side and suturing them to the strong ligaments attached to the pubic bone.

The surgery may be done concurrently with other procedures, like removing the womb during a hysterectomy.

 

 

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You suffered stress incontinence because of a weak pelvic floor and your bladder dropping down out of place. Your bladder has been 'pinned' up to support it, but your weak pelvic floor is still weak, and you need to strengthen this as soon as possible. Just as with any surgery there are risks involved and up to 10% of women will go onto have another prolapse following surgery (falling down of pelvic organs) so it is imperative that following Burch colposuspension kegel exercises are performed to improve the strength and support of the pelvic floor muscles and maximise surgical outcomes.

If you have a hysterectomy at the same time as the Burch Colposuspension you have a 1:3 chance of developing another prolapse, that's is why you need to get your muscles strong to prevent further dropping down and more surgery.

Burch Colposuspension Recovery

Recovery usually takes about 6 - 8 weeks. Kegel exercises should be performed before and after this procedure to ensure best patient outcomes. The pelvic floor will recover quicker and surgery will be longer lasting if you combine it with pelvic floor exercise. Kegel exercises can also prevent further prolapse following this surgical procedure, because other pelvic organs such as the uterus and bowel can also prolapse and exercising will help to keep them in place and stop further incontinence.

A recent clinical report stated that using neuromuscular electrical stimulation can help to build better muscle strength, control and relaxation and help the patient regain a better quality of life. Remember no amount of surgery can strengthen a weak pelvic floor, and there are other pelvic organs that could prolapse, so strengthening your pelvic floor with Kegel8 is now even more important.

 Read more:

  • Pelvic Floor Surgery See how Kegel8 can hlep you before and after your Burch Colposuspension surgery repair.
  • ‘...I’ve been assured by my husband that there has been a noticeable change!’ – Louise Parker, Style Magazine, Sunday Times