Viveve – Don’t Let Stress Urinary Incontinence Stop You!
Over the course of a woman’s life, she will experience many different health conditions that may cause stress urinary incontinence – childbirth, menopause, weight fluctuations or a shift in hormones. All of these can lead to loosening of muscles that may cause incontinence from the pressure (or stress) placed on the bladder. This ultimately causes urinary leakage. This often happens with physical movement, lifting or exercising. If you’ve ever wondered why you leak urine when you laugh, cough or exercise, that is it is due to stress urinary incontinence. These issues not only affect us physically but, can affect us mentally by limiting our ability to live our best lives. Urology Associates is now offering Viveve, which is a nonsurgical treatment that can be completed with in 45 minutes to an hour in the office. This treatment is non-invasive and has little to no downtime.
If you are experiencing urine leakage doing any of the following activities you may want to consider Viveve Solutions:
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Hormonal changes – perimenopause
- Significant weight loss
- Hysterectomy (or any other surgery that affects your pelvic floor)
Viveve is safe, effective and the treatment should not cause any discomfort. An Ultrasound type tip is places in the vagina and it delivers pulses of monopolar radiofrequency energy, which results in the heating of the connective tissue. At the same time, cryogen cools the surface so patients may experience a warm or cool sensation during this process; however, it is not painful. There is no downtime following treatment, and patients can go back to work or go about enjoying their day.
There are many benefits to this procedure:
- Comfortable — Cooling technology keeps treatment discomfort to a minimum.
- Short treatment time — 45-minute session is all you need to enjoy improvement for a year or longer.
- Convenience — Treatment can be performed in the doctor’s office
- No downtime — Back to regular routine right away
- No side effects – Viveve doesn’t cause bruising, bleeding, scarring, or pain
- Discreet – no time off work or hospital stay required
What Patients Say
“I had the Viveve procedure to treat stress incontinence and I couldn’t be happier! The treatment was comfortable, and other than a warm sensation, it was virtually pain-free. There really was no pain afterwards at all, but it felt like it tightened things up. It relieved my symptoms of incontinence and in the month following the procedure, it just continued to get even better. It was a little miracle for me.” — Tracey
Frequently Asked Questions About the Viveve Procedure
What is Viveve Treatment?
Viveve is a treatment that uses gentle deep heating and surface cooling to stimulate
the body’s natural collagen formation process. It is a comfortable, single-session, 45 minute treatment. Viveve does not require local or topical anesthesia or analgesics and is performed by a trained healthcare professional.
Who Can Have the Viveve Treatment?
Your doctor will determine if Viveve is right for you given your medical history, However, you should NOT consider Viveve if you have an implantable pacemaker or an Automatic Implantable Cardioverter/Defibrillator (AICD) or any other implantable metal device.
Who Performs Viveve?
The Viveve Treatment is performed by a trained healthcare practitioner at Urology Associates.
Does the treatment affect my sexual function?
If you are undergoing the Viveve treatment, we ask that you refrain from intercourse or wearing a tampon for the first 48 hours following the treatment. Studies have shown that while Viveve can be helpful for incontinence, it can also help with vaginal dryness and increasing arrousal.
Is the Viveve Treatment Safe and Effective?
Yes! Clinical studies have shown that the Viveve Treatment is safe.
How Much Does a Viveve Treatment Cost?
Although FDA approved, Viveve is currently not covered by most insurance plans. The cost of a Viveve treatment is $2500. It may be recommended that you repeat the treatment to achieve optimal results over time. Repeat treatments are 15% off.