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What is sling surgery?

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Sling surgery is the most common surgery doctors use to treat urinary stress incontinence. That’s when certain movements or actions, like coughing, sneezing, or lifting, put pressure on your bladder and make you pee a little.

The surgeon creates a “sling” out of mesh or human tissue. Then they put it under the tube that urine passes through, called the urethra. The sling is like a hammock that lifts and supports your urethra and the neck of your bladder (where your bladder connects to your urethra) to help prevent leaks.

Lifestyle changes like losing weight and doing Kegel exercises may help if you have a mild case of urinary stress incontinence. But if you’ve tried those and still have symptoms that affect your quality of life, sling surgery might be an option.

In most cases, it lessens or stops urine leaks.

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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