For one-third of American women, a cough, laugh, or sneeze can lead to a momentary loss of bladder control. This common condition involves involuntary urine leakage and is called stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It’s a problem that can impact and interfere with daily life and activities.
Pelvic floor muscle therapy, such as Kegel exercises, is the initial therapy for SUI. But it doesn’t always work. Fortunately, when that therapy fails to control urinary symptoms, Franklin County Medical Center doctors can offer another treatment option. Bulkamid hydrogel is a minimally invasive approach that may help in avoiding a more invasive mid-urethral sling.
Bulkamid is a soft hydrogel used as a urethral bulking agent to block urine leakage. It has been used to treat SUI in 45 countries for more than 15 years.
Bulkamid is a gel made of 97.5% water and 2.5% polyacrylamide. A series of small, simple injections deliver it to the wall of the urethra, the tube allowing urine to flow from the bladder outside the body. Once injected, the water-based gel forms a network of fine fibers that clings to the wall of the urethra. Bulkamid stays in the body, building up the volume of the urethra over time to prevent future urine leakage.
At Franklin County Medical Center, we understand SUI can interfere with daily life and impact a woman’s everyday activities. Our urologist works to make treatment as convenient as possible. This is a simple procedure performed under sedation. You can expect to only have mild discomfort after the procedure. Typically, there is no need for post operative pain medication.
Here’s how Bulkamid therapy works:
Worldwide, more than 70,000 women have been successfully treated with Bulkamid. In fact, around 70% of patients report a cure to leaking after one injection. Around 30% of patients undergoing Bulkamid will require an additional treatment. This may be an additional round of injections or moving on to a mid-urethral sling. Using this therapy to address SUI offers several other benefits, including:
Patients should talk with their doctors to find the most appropriate treatment option for SUI. Bulkamid isn’t the only therapy available, so it’s important to know how it compares to other treatments.
Our expert team can help you determine if Bulkamid is the proper treatment for your SUI. Contact us for the help you need.