For the treatment female stress urinary incontinence
What is stress urinary incontinence?

Stress urinary incontinence is very common among women of all ages and increases as you get older. Apart from aging, other factors include childbirth, obesity or some form of a pelvic floor disorder.

Stress urinary incontinence is caused by a weakness in your pelvic floor, preventing your urethra (the tube that urine comes out of) from closing fully when sudden pressure is put on your bladder. This can allow urine to leak out during normal daily activities for example when you cough, laugh, walk or exercise.

 

What is urethral bulking?

Urethral bulking involves the injection of a soft hydrogel (the size of a pea) like Bulkamid, into 3 or 4 locations in the urethral wall using a small telescope. The total volume injected is around 2mls.

Bulkamid aims to restore the natural closing pressure of the urethra preventing urine from leaking out unintentionally during normal daily activities (e.g. when you cough, laugh, walk or exercise).

Short procedure

Urethral bulking takes around 5 – 10 minutes and is usually done in day surgery or out-patient clinic with a local anaesthetic.

No Incisions

A series of small injections are used, you may feel a sting, however, no cuts are made.

Quick recovery

In most cases patients can get back to their normal activities within a day.

What is
3 out of 4 women

report that their stress urinary incontinence was cured or improved after treatment with Bulkamid2

Long lasting relief

from stress urinary incontinence symptoms3-4

More than 60,000 patients

have been treated with Bulkamid

No reported long term complications*

Short term side effects normally resolve within a couple of days5

Bulkamid is a soft, smooth hydrogel that consists of 97.5% water and 2.5% polyacrylamide.

Once injected, Bulkamid provides additional volume to the urethra and acts as a scaffold for cells to grow through helping to provide long lasting relief of stress urinary incontinence symptoms.

 

 

*As with any procedure short term complications may happen, these can include mild pain after the procedure, difficulty emptying your bladder, urgency (the sudden urge to urinate), urinary tract infection, mild burning or bleeding when urinating. However, these normally resolve within a couple of days after your treatment.

Next steps
Stress urinary incontinence can have a big impact on a womens everyday life. However, it is a very treatable condition enabling women to live their lives with confidence.
Women do not need to live with a weak bladder
If you have a patient who you feel would benefit from the Bulkamid procedure, download this document for the procedure overview.