Stress Incontinence

You have been given this leaflet because you have stress urinary incontinence. The aim of the leaflet is to provide you with information about the different treatment options available, and how they compare with one another.

We have consulted specialist surgeons during its preparation, so that it represents best practice in UK urology. You should use it in addition to any advice already given to you.

To view the online version of this leaflet, type the text below into your web browser: options.pdf

Making a decision about your treatment

The various treatment options for managing stress incontinence are outlined on the following pages. Click on the title/header to open the information leaflet for each specific procedure.

We have given you the opportunity to enter your thoughts about each treatment option, after you have considered carefully which treatments are appropriate for you. You may find it helpful to complete these sections with your urologist or specialist  nurse.

They will also advise you of any multi-disciplinary team (MDT) discussions and recommendations that may have been made regarding your condition.

The success rates, complications and disadvantages listed apply to “first-time” treatments. Outcomes for stress urinary incontinence which has recurred following previous surgical treatment are not usually as good as those for “first-time” treatment.



What should I do with this information?

Thank you for taking the trouble to read this information. Please let your urologist (or specialist nurse) know if you wish to have a copy for your own records. If you wish, they can also arrange for a copy to be kept in your hospital notes.

What sources were used to prepare this leaflet?

This leaflet uses information from consensus panels and other evidence-based sources including:

  • the Department of Health (England);
  • the Cochrane Collaboration; and
  • the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

It also follows style guidelines from:

  • the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB);
  • the Information Standard;
  • the Patient Information Forum; and
  • the Plain English Campaign.


We have made every effort to give accurate information but there may still be errors or omissions in this leaflet. BAUS cannot accept responsibility for any loss from action taken (or not taken) as a result of this information.