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What are the side effects of sling surgery?

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Some of the side effects of sling surgery include:

If mesh is used, there’s a very small chance that it could start to break down in your vagina. This happens in only about 2% of people who have sling surgery with mesh. Most of the time, this can be treated with a vaginal cream or by cutting the exposed piece of mesh. In a few cases, doctors recommend surgery to remove part or all of it.

  • Having a hard time peeing or, in rare cases, not being able to pee
  • Having to pee too often
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Painful sex

From: What Is Sling Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Urology Care Foundation: “Stress Urinary Incontinence: A Patient Guide,” “Facts About Surgical Mesh to Treat Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Incontinence,” “Urinary Incontinence Surgery in Women: The Next Step.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Surgery for Stress Incontinence.”

American Urogynecologic Society: “Frequently Asked Questions by Patients Mid-urethral Slings for Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

FDA: “Considerations about Surgical Mesh for SUI.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 12, 2018

SOURCES: Urology Care Foundation: “Stress Urinary Incontinence: A Patient Guide,” “Facts About Surgical Mesh to Treat Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Incontinence,” “Urinary Incontinence Surgery in Women: The Next Step.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Surgery for Stress Incontinence.”

American Urogynecologic Society: “Frequently Asked Questions by Patients Mid-urethral Slings for Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

FDA: “Considerations about Surgical Mesh for SUI.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 12, 2018

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