By the way, doctor: Should I try Renessa for urinary incontinence?

Published: October, 2009

Q. I have stress urinary incontinence and don't want to have surgery. What can you tell me about Renessa?

A. Renessa is a procedure that uses radiofrequency waves to treat stress urinary incontinence — the kind caused by increased abdominal pressure from coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting heavy objects, and certain recreational activities. The radiofrequency waves are delivered through a probe inserted into the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body). The probe reaches the upper urethra, near the bladder, and the heat generated by the radiofrequency waves causes the tissue in that area to scar, making it firmer and presumably more resistant to involuntary leakage.

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