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.
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).
Urethral bulking takes around 10 – 15 minutes and is usually done in day surgery or out-patient clinic with a local anesthetic.
A series of small injections are used, you may feel a sting, however, no cuts are made.
In most cases patients can get back to their normal activities within a day.
No incisions are made, just a series of small injections
report that their stress urinary incontinence was cured or improved after treatment with Bulkamid2
have been treated with Bulkamid
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.