SLINGS: SURGICAL STRESS INCONTINENCE
FIX YOUR LEAKY BLADDER PERMANENTLY
“I leak when I cough, sneeze and exercise.” This is something Dr. Brenda hears every day. The medical term for this very common problem is stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Many women experience SUI after having children, or as they get older and go through hormonal changes. You do NOT have to live with SUI. Dr. Brenda can fix it, quite easily, and you can get back to your regular life.
WHAT IS A SLING?
A sling is a thin strip of material placed under the mid-portion of the urethra. The material supports the urethra and closes it off any time there is a sudden increase in pressure that could cause a leak, like doing a jumping jack, sneezing or laughing. Slings have been around for 100 years, but the material has evolved and improved over time. Sling surgery is the most common surgery for SUI.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Women whose urinary incontinence has not improved enough from other treatments will benefit from a sling. Before recommending surgery, Dr. Brenda often suggests things like pelvic floor toning and the EMSella . If you are looking for a faster fix to the problem, or if you have tried other options and kegel exercises, but still leak, then the sling will be your best bet. SUI gets worse over time, so the sooner you address the problem the better.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
SUI is caused by a loss of support underneath the urethra tube. The urethra holds urine in the bladder, but when connective tissue or muscle tone is lost, the urethra cannot do its job, and the result is urine leakage. Inserting a sling provides the support the urethra tube needs to function effectively.
The most common type of sling is tension-free vaginal tape (TVT). It has been around for 20 years and is considered the gold standard for sling surgery. It’s a quick outpatient surgical procedure, and requires only a very small incision. Research repeatedly proves that TVT is safe and effective. In fact, the TVT sling is made from the same material used in heart surgery sutures.
Another type of sling is a pubovaginal sling. It is placed in a similar fashion to a TVT, but there is an additional incision in the lower abdomen area. This type of sling is made from biological material. It can be made from your own tissue or from calf skin, for the most natural and less invasive option.