A sling can help to relieve patients of urinary incontinence issues.
The treatments that are used for urinary conditions are usually separated into non-surgical and surgical treatments. However, surgeries can range from mildly invasive to very invasive when considering how much work needs to be done.
If you’re suffering from urinary incontinence, a minimally invasive surgery that can be used for the treatment of this condition is sling surgery.
Slings are solely used for the treatment of a form of urinary continence known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This condition occurs when you’re unable to stop yourself from urinating whenever you’re physically active. Small amounts of leakage will typically occur when laughing or coughing. The pressure that’s placed on your bladder from engaging in physical activities causes this leakage. The reason that this occurs is because the muscles and tissues within your pelvic floor have become weakened. It’s also possible that SUI has been brought about because of your sphincter muscle not working properly, which causes issues with the flow of your urine.
Candidates for Slings
You’re considered to be a good candidate for sling surgery if you find that you’re suffering from stress urinary incontinence and that it’s adversely affecting how you live your life. If none of the other non-surgical treatments have been effective at treating this condition, this surgery may be right for you.
Types of Slings
A sling is implanted into the bladder to provide support for it. There are three different types of slings that can be used for this procedure, the most common of which is one that’s made from fascia tissues within the abdominal wall or leg. The sling can also be made with a synthetic mesh or from the tissue of another donor individual.
There are a variety of surgeries that can be used to implant slings, the primary of which is the mid-urethral sling surgery. This surgery can be performed with several methods that include the transobturator method, the retropubic method, and the single-incision mini technique.
The first two techniques make use of three to four incisions that are placed within the vagina and around the pubic bone or labia. The single-incision mini technique is the least invasive of these options, since it uses only one incision within the vagina. After the sling has been properly implanted, enough scar tissue will develop around the sling in order to keep it at its proper position.
This is a type of surgery that usually allows you to go home on the same day. You’ll likely experience some pain and swelling in the treatment area for a couple of weeks, which is why you’ll want to avoid strenuous activities or heavy exercise until the area has fully healed. You might also notice some pain and discomfort when urinating or having intercourse for a short period of time.