Harvard Women's Health Watch

Midurethral sling surgery for stress incontinence

A minimally invasive approach is now the norm for treating this common urinary problem.

Stress incontinence is leakage of urine under physical pressure — for example, coughing, sneezing, laughing, or jumping. It affects up to about one-third of women at some point, and although it's a passing annoyance for some, for others it can be persistent and severe enough to disrupt their lives.

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