Urethral Support Sling

Urethral Support Sling

If you experience bladder leakage during physical activity such as laughing, exercising, sneezing and coughing, you may be experiencing stress incontinence. Stress incontinence may occur from weakened pelvic muscles that support the bladder and urethra or because the urethral sphincter is not working correctly. Weakness may be caused by:

  • Childbirth
  • Injury to the urethra area
  • Some medications
  • Surgery in the prostate or pelvic area

The urethral support sling is the minimally invasive procedure performed to help treat stress urinary incontinence.  The procedure involves placing a soft mesh sling under the urethra in order to give it the support it needs in order to prevent accidental urine leakage. Placement of the urethral support sling is an outpatient procedure and will allow you to return home hours after completion.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Urethral Support Slings:

  • They’re effective for most women
  • Many women regain complete bladder control within hours of their procedure
  • In most cases, women can return to normal, non-strenuous activities shortly after the procedure
  • Depending on the specific type of procedure, they may be performed under local, regional, or general anesthesia on an out-patient basis
  • Incisions are small, reducing pain and recovery time
  • The procedures can be performed in women who have scarring from previous pelvic surgeries

Call Dr. Farmer today to learn more about the urethral support sling and if it is the right treatment option for you.