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Treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI)

A wide range of treatments is available for the management of stress urinary incontinence and the good news is that they don’t all involve surgery. Even when surgery is required, this is usually minimally invasive. The treatment is individualised to each person and their personal preferences. Learn more about treatment options.

Potential treatments for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) include:

Conservative treatment options for Women with SUI

Conservative treatment options are useful in all women with SUI and may be all that is required in cases of milder SUI. These measures include:

Surgical treatment options for Women with SUI

Some women elect to consider surgery for their stress incontinence if it does not improve adequately with conservative measures. Surgery is performed after a full assessment of the individual’s stress incontinence that may include:

A wide range of surgical treatments are available for women with stress incontinence including:

Conservative treatment options for Men with SUI

Non-surgical treatment options also benefit men with stress urinary incontinence. These include:

  • Pelvic floor muscle physiotherapy
  • Correcting problems that place chronic pressure on the pelvic floor such as:
    • Chronic constipation
    • Coughing
    • Cutting out smoking
  • Continence devices and aids such as pads and condom drainage (an external collecting device for urine)

Surgical treatment options for Men with SUI

Men considering surgery for stress urinary incontinence may require further assessment:

Surgical treatment options for men with bothersome stress urinary incontinence include: