Retropubic Bladder Suspension

Retropubic suspension for women with urinary incontinence uses sutures to support the bladder neck. The most common retropubic suspension procedure is called the Burch procedure. In this operation, the surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen a few inches below the navel and then secures the threads to strong ligaments within the pelvis to support the urethral sphincter (urethral "valve" area). This common procedure is often done at the time of an abdominal procedure such as a hysterectomy.


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