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Surgical Procedure for Incontinence now available at Pender Memorial Hospital
BURGAW – A minimally invasive surgical procedure for stress incontinence is now available at Pender Memorial Hospital. Gynecologist Henry Temple, MD is offering the mid-urethral sling procedure at Pender so area women who need surgery to control incontinence no longer need to travel outside the county to get it.

Dr. Temple is one of the most experienced physicians in female incontinence procedures in eastern North Carolina. He’s been doing incontinence surgery since 1980.

The procedure involves using tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) to help control stress incontinence, urine leakage that can happen when you laugh, cough, sneeze, lift things, or exercise. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and, because it’s minimally invasive, generally has a quicker recovery time than other types of incontinence surgery.

Stress urinary incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence in women. It is often seen in women who have had multiple pregnancies. Other risk factors include chronic coughing (such as chronic bronchitis and asthma), getting older, obesity, smoking and constipation.

“Having the option to have this procedure for stress incontinence at Pender Memorial Hospital is a great advantage for women who live in the area,” said Dr. Temple. “Generally, in addition to the surgery, women would need to see their doctor for a number of visits before and after it. Having it here could save them hundreds of miles and the associated time.”

Dr. Temple sees patients at his office in Burgaw on Fridays. He is located on Satchwell Street, directly across the street from the Pender Memorial Hospital entrance. Appointments can be made at 910-362-8765.

For more information about Pender Memorial Hospital, visit

2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  |  910.343.7000