We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Bladder Suspension Surgery?

By A. Ribken
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Much more common in women than in men, bladder suspension surgery is a surgical procedure performed to lift a sagging or prolapsed bladder into its proper position. It is often performed to relieve the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. The main causes of stress urinary incontinence are childbirth and the hormonal changes due to menopause, which weaken the pelvic floor muscles and lead to the leakage of urine when coughing, sneezing, or with physical activity. This surgery can be very effective in minimizing these symptoms, if diagnosed properly in the first place.

Stress urinary incontinence is reported to affect close to 20 million women, half of whom are over the age of 60. Since the symptoms of this condition are also those of urinary urgency, a proper diagnosis is necessary as bladder suspension surgery only helps those with true stress urinary incontinence. This procedure will not improve the symptoms of those suffering from urinary urgency or urinary frequency.

The surgery itself can be accomplished in one of several ways. An open retropubic suspension procedure entails an abdominal incision and pulling up and securing the bladder neck. This can also be accomplished through laparoscopic surgery, through a small incision in the vaginal wall.

The surgery that has shown the best success rate is known as the sling procedure. Fascia or tissue from the patient is used to form a sling to hold the bladder, urethra, and bladder neck in place. Sometimes a piece of mesh can also be used. Both the open retropubic and the sling procedure require a short hospital stay.

Most cases of severe stress urinary incontinence are successfully corrected with surgery. Bladder suspension surgery is credited with an 85 to 90% success rate, but symptoms can recur in as little as five years, so patients may have to undergo the procedure more than once to control their stress urinary incontinence. Age, obesity, hormone levels, and physical activity all play a part in determining how long the effects of the surgery are effective.

Recovery time after bladder suspension surgery depends on the choice of an open surgical procedure as opposed to one done laparoscopically. As a general rule, recovery will take longer with an open procedure. With either procedure, discomfort can last up to six weeks. Risks and complications include inability to urinate, infection, an overactive bladder, or reactions to anesthesia.

The number one reason cited for the failure of bladder suspension surgery was an incorrect diagnosis. For this reason, a second opinion is a good idea for anyone considering this treatment. A second opinion can help a patient make the decision of whether this surgery is the best choice for the symptoms exhibited.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By Axeleye — On Jan 27, 2014

What are the options for preventing incontinence in the first place, as surgery appears to be the final option? Do kegel exercises help avoid this problem? Are there any other exercise options that help? What about diet and supplements?

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.