Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary leakage of urine. The problem afflicts approximately 18 million adults in the United States, 85% of them being women. You are not alone!
Stress urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine during physical activity, which may include but is not limited to coughing, laughing, or lifting. Incontinence occurs when the muscles that support the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) are weakened or damaged. This can happen as a result of childbirth, trauma, hormone changes and many other reasons. You don't have to live like this. This type of incontinence can be treated both surgically or nonsurgically.
A mid-urethral sling system is designed to provide a ribbon of support under the urethra to prevent it from dropping during physical activity, which may include but is not limited to: laughing or lifting. Providing support that mimics the normal anatomy should prevent urine from leaking or reduce the amount of leakage.
Your minimally-invasive sling procedure is estimated to only take 30-45 minutes. A small incision will be made in the vaginal area. Next, the synthetic mesh is placed to create a "sling" of support around the urethra. When your doctor is satisfied with the position of the mesh, he or she will close and bandage the small incisions in the groin area (if applicable for your sling type) and the top of the vaginal canal.
Most patients resume moderate activities within 2 to 4 weeks.