Periurethral Bulking (Bulkamid)

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Bulkamid Incontinence Treatment in Atlanta

Periurethral bulking agents are substances that are used to treat urinary incontinence, which is the involuntary leakage of urine. These agents are injected into the tissues around the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.

The Procedure

The bulking agents are typically made of biocompatible materials, such as collagen or synthetic substances. They are injected through a small needle into the tissues around the urethra, usually under local anesthesia. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be done in a doctor’s office.

Once the bulking agent is injected, it adds volume and bulk to the tissues, which helps to improve the closure of the urethra. Over time, the body’s own tissues may grow around the bulking agent, further enhancing its effect.

The Benefits

The purpose of periurethral bulking agents is to increase the thickness of the tissues around the urethra, providing support and helping to close the urethral opening more effectively. This can help reduce or even eliminate the leakage of urine.

It’s important to note that periurethral bulking agents are just one of the treatment options for urinary incontinence. The choice of treatment depends on various factors, including the severity of the condition and the individual’s overall health. It’s best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most suitable treatment approach. Call our office to schedule a consultation at (678) 321-7227.

FAQs

Bulkamid is a soft tissue filler made of hydrogel that is injected into the urethral submucosa to treat stress urinary incontinence.

Bulkamid helps to increase the volume of the urethral tissue, providing support and reducing involuntary urine leakage during moments of stress or physical activity.

When effective, Bulkamid has been shown to last ~7 years.  It offers long-lasting relief, but its effects may gradually diminish over time. You may require additional treatments in the future.

Bulkamid has been used in the treatment of SUI for many years and is generally considered safe when administered by a trained healthcare professional. However, like any medical procedure, it has potential risks and side effects. Discuss these with your healthcare provider.

Common side effects may include temporary discomfort, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. In rare cases, there could be an infection, allergic reaction, or migration of the gel. Your healthcare provider will discuss the risks with you.

The procedure is relatively quick and can often be completed in a single session, usually taking around 10 minutes.

Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Local anesthesia or a topical numbing cream may be applied to reduce any potential pain.

Recovery time is typically short, and you can usually resume your regular activities within a day or two. Your healthcare provider will provide specific post-treatment instructions.

Bulkamid has shown effectiveness in treating SUI in many patients. The level of improvement may vary from person to person, so discuss your expectations with your healthcare provider.

Not all individuals are suitable candidates for Bulkamid treatment. Your healthcare provider will assess your medical history to determine if it is an appropriate option for you.

It is possible, but it depends on your specific case and the recommendations of your healthcare provider. They will consider your medical history and the effectiveness of previous treatments.

The duration of effectiveness can vary among individuals. In most cases, the effects can last for many years, but it may require periodic touch-up treatments to maintain the results.

It’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional who can provide you with personalized information and advice regarding Bulkamid treatment for stress urinary incontinence.

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