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How are bladder slings used to treat incontinence?

How are bladder slings used to treat incontinence?

A bladder sling is used to treat urinary incontinence. Incontinence is something many women who have birthed children suffer from, as the muscles at the bladder neck have lost their strength and supports, causing leakage. The sling is made from surgical mesh usually inserted through one vaginal and two abdominal incisions.

What do you need to know about the mid urethral sling?

What is it? The Mid Urethral Sling (MUS) is a synthetic mesh tape or sling inserted for the treatment of Urinary Stress Incontinence. What is Stress Incontinence? Stress incontinence refers to leakage of urine associated with activities like coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting or even walking or standing.

Is it safe to use a mesh bladder sling?

These organizations claim that mesh slings for incontinence (also known as TVT, TOT, TVT-O, Midurethral slings, Transvaginal Tape, Bladder slings, SUI slings) are perfectly safe.

How did the TVT bladder sling go wrong?

Three weeks after the sling was put in I Googled “TVT gone wrong” and sat shocked at my computer as I saw I was not alone. I was one of thousands of women around the world suffering severe mesh complications. The pain put me on nerve blockers and Tramadol and left me with sleepless nights of regret – if only I could turn back the clock.

What do you need to know about bladder sling surgery?

Bladder Sling Complications. Bladder sling surgery is a type of procedure that treats stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Surgeons use a strip of transvaginal mesh, your tissue or animal tissue to create a bladder sling that acts like a hammock to support the urethra and bladder. The support keeps the urethra closed, preventing leaks.

How does a sling help with urinary incontinence?

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.

Are there any complications with a mesh bladder sling?

Most women tolerate the procedure well, but mesh slings generally have a higher complication rate than slings made of tissue. Complications may occur during surgery or many years after. Board-certified physicians medically review Drugwatch content to ensure its accuracy and quality.

How long after bladder sling surgery can you have sex?

Others may stay for one or two days. The stitches in the vagina dissolve in a few weeks, and most women can have sexual intercourse without discomfort within three months of surgery. Some risks of bladder sling surgery are similar to risks during other surgery such as bleeding and blood clots.