Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock is offering women the MiniArc Single-Incision Sling system for stress urinary incontinence(SUI)—a procedure designed to reduce invasiveness and minimize potential for pain. Over 33 million women worldwide are affected by stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a condition in which activities such as coughing, sneezing, or heavy lifting put pressure on the bladder resulting in unintentional loss of urine.
“SUI is more common in women than men, and is caused by weakening of pelvic floor muscles often tied to tissue and nerve damage resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, radiation, hormone changes or a prior surgery,” said Lucas Jacomides, M.D., urologist at Scott & White Healthcare-Round Rock. “The minimally-invasive procedure involves surgically placing a narrow strip of mesh material—called a sling—under the urethra to give it a point of support and involves only one small incision. MiniArc incorporates proven mesh that has been used in more than 600,000 procedures.
“MiniArc’s design makes it easy to use, and its design potentially minimizes tissue trauma and allows for precise placement of the sling under the urethra for support,” says Dr. Jacomides. “Most women are able to return to their daily routine shortly after the procedure.”
“With MiniArc, the potential is great to restore the lifestyle a patient enjoyed prior to incontinence,” says Dr. Jacomides. “It’s a simple procedure to perform, and can be life-changing for many patients.”
MiniArc is the latest generation of incontinence solutions manufactured by American Medical Systems (AMS), a worldwide leader in women’s pelvic health solutions.