What is Coaptite periurethral bulking?
Coaptite is a brand of periurethral bulking agent that the physicians at South Bay Urology use to treat stress urinary incontinence in women and men. Stress urinary incontinence is the leaking of urine that occurs when pressure is placed on the bladder, usually when you laugh, sneeze, cough or exercise. During the short procedure, Coaptite is injected around the urethra. By bulking up the urethra, you can expect less unwanted urinary leakage.
How does periurethral bulking work?
Coaptite injectable implants are made up of calcium hydroxyapatite, which is a naturally occurring component in the body. It is superior to collagen injection as it does not require preprocedural skin testing and is easier to inject. This gel-like implant will be injected around the urethra at the level of the urethral sphincter, where the urethra and bladder meet. Urethral sphincter muscles control the release of urine from the bladder. The implant will support your urethral sphincter, decreasing your stress urinary incontinence symptoms.
What can I expect from the procedure?
This procedure is done under light sedation as an outpatient. We will insert a tiny camera into your urethra, allowing us to see your bladder. Coaptite will be passed through the scope and injected into the urethral walls on both sides. The implant will cause the urethral walls to close together more effectively. The entire procedure takes 15-30 minutes.
Schedule an appointment in Southern California
Women and men in Southern California who suffer from stress urinary incontinence should schedule an appointment at South Bay Urology in Torrance. The SBU doctors can determine if Coaptite periurethral bulking can help you. To get started, request an appointment online or give us a call at (310) 542-0199.