NATIONAL - Millions of women suffer in silence from Stress Urinary Incontinence. That means they leak urine during the most basic activities. Doctors are now studying a way to pinpoint the best surgical procedure for treating the problem.
Until recently, Kristy Sommers couldn't do much when it came to sports. The 46-year-old was completely sidelined from all the activities she enjoyed because of her stress urinary incontinence problem.
"It's every time I tightened my muscles, or I sneezed real hard, or I laughed real hard or just something that jerks your muscles," said Kristy.
Kristy is one of the millions of women who suffer from the embarrassing problem.
Dr. Thomas Rozanski says, "They're not comfortable discussing the issue, so they tend to kind of put it on the back burner. But if women want to seek out care for this, there are options available."
Kristy enrolled in a study that's comparing two FDA approved procedures to treat this common problem. Both procedures use a synthetic sling that's placed under the bladder. The study is looking at the pros and cons of two different surgical sites.
Dr. Rozanski says, "In one procedure it's brought through the groin which is demonstrated here. It's brought out more laterally, and another that's brought up on top of the pubic bone. These two sites here."
Doctors say both procedures have about an 85 percent success rate. They're both minimally invasive, so Kristy was back to her normal activities in days.
"I'm hoping a lot of other women at least take the opportunity to see if it will, because believe me, I have no leakage anymore. I'm back playing all the sports, I ride my bike, I play softball."
And for Kristy, being back in the game means everything.
The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is currently enrolling participants in ten different locations. For more information on the urinary incontinence trial, log on to uitn.net or call 800-614-9431.