Urinary incontinence treatments for women

Bladder problems and faecal incontinence affect many and can impact the quality of life meaning that for some, everyday tasks become a challenge and social life becomes very difficult. For some, the fear of leakage stops them working and enjoying life, resulting in feeling trapped by the consuming need to be near the bathroom.

Types of urinary incontinence

  • Stress urinary incontinence
    Women often suffer unnecessarily with urinary incontinence, particularly after childbirth or during the menopause  It occurs when you leak urine during a physical activity like lifting, exercising, sneezing and coughing.
  • Urge incontinence
    This occurs when you have an overwhelming need to urinate and are not able to hold urine long enough to reach a toilet.
  • Overflow incontinence
    This is when your bladder doesn’t completely empty, therefore causing urine to leak.


Treating your incontinence

The nerves carry information to and from the brain. Some nerves control the bladder and muscles that control urination. When the flow of information doesn’t work as it should, then a person may experience bladder control problems.

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital offers sacral nerve stimulation surgical treatment for women experiencing incontinence. Read more about sacral nerve stimulation below.

Sacral nerve stimulation 

Sacral nerve stimulation is carried out in 2 stages over a week or two. The first stage, called the peripheral nerve evaluation, involves temporarily stimulating the nerves in the sacrum to see if stimulation alters bladder function. If the test is successful, a permanent lead is placed into the sacrum and a permanent implant is inserted into the buttock area.

Both the test and permanent procedures are normally carried out as a day-case procedure under a general anaesthetic.

At the first stage the test electrode is connected to a device which generates electrical impulses. The device clips onto your clothing. When the implant is switched on, a tapping sensation can be felt in the genital or rectal area. The test is normally carried out over 7 days following which you will return to have the electrode removed and results discussed with you.


If the test is successful and shows that the stimulator alters bladder function then you will proceed to the next stage at a further date.

Stage 2 involves the permanent implantation of an electrode and impulse generator.  The electrode will be implanted into the sacral nerve and the permanent generator will be placed in your buttock area.  The implant will be switched on the same day and you will be taught how to use the patient programmer.


Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is the only private hospital in the region to offer this treatment for urinary incontinence. Ask your doctor to refer you to Consultant Urologist Mr Nikesh Thiruchelvam and get your quality of life back.

Insured Patients

Simply visit your GP and ask them to refer you to one of our consultants. Your GP will write a letter of referral and then you can contact us on 01223 266990 to arrange your first out-patient appointment.

Self Pay Patients

For self-pay treatments, simply call us on 01223 266929 to request a guide price or to discuss your personal situation

Find out more or make an appointment

  • For self pay treatment enquiries please call 01223 266929
  • For all other enquiries please call the hospital on 01223 266900
  • To make an out patient appointment please call 01223 266990

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