Urethral Bulking Specialist
Dr. Daniel Stone, MD FACOG
Urogynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Daniel Stone, MD performs Urethral Bulking for patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding Arizona areas. These procedures can help patients that suffer from Stress Urinary Incontinence. This procedure can be done in the office.
Urethral Bulking Q & A
What is urethral bulking and how is it done?
Urethral Bulking is a procedure that involves injecting a material, called a bulking agent into the walls of the urethra to narrow its width. It is done in his office using a small thin camera, called a cystoscopy.
What is the material that is injected?
Dr. Stone uses a material called Macroplastique. Macroplastique is made up of two parts, a water-soluble gel (polyvinylpyrrolidone) that is absorbed and removed from the body in urine and the man-made, rubber-like, silicone elastomer implant material (cross-linked polydimethylsiloxane) that is permanent and not absorbed by the body. It is this permanent material that causes the bulking effect around the urethra after implantation.
What conditions does urethral bulking treat?
Dr. Stone uses urethral bulking to treat stress urinary incontinence and a variant of stress urinary incontinence called intrinsic sphincter deficiency.
How successful is urethral bulking?
Dr. Stone's patients have a success rate of close to 90%. However, due to the nature of the material and the procedure, the effect tends to wear off in 1-2 years. Once leakage becomes bothersome again, a repeat injection can be scheduled.
Who is a good candidate for urethral bulking?
Dr. Stone will discuss with you different options for treating stress urinary incontinence. Urethral Bulking is a good option for women who are not interested in surgery, not a good candidate for surgery, or for those who are planning on future pregnancies.
What are the risks of Urethral Bulking?
- Pain during the injection. Dr. Stone will use a local anesthetic for the procedure but it still can be uncomfortable.
- Blood in the urine after the injection
- Urinary tract infections
- Urinary retention, meaning that one cannot empty their bladder. This happens in about 1 of 20 patients and can be managed with catheterization.
What are the alternatives to Urethral Bulking?
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most insurance policies for your convenience. Please contact your insurance carrier to verify your individual benefits and any copays or coinsurance that are part of your plan. Patients are responsible for notifying our office if a specific plan requires precertification, preauthorization, or a referral (especially HMOs). Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to verify your provider network participation as insurance carriers change policies often.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-1302
Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM
Main: (602) 788-1521
Fax: (602) 688-5420
Conveniently located just off Highway 51 on Maryland Avenue just East of 16TH Street between East Bethany Home Road and East Glendale Avenue.