What Is a Urethral Sling?

Urethral slings are an effective solution to help with urinary incontinence. This condition can make everyday actions like laughing or lifting heavy things tricky by causing unexpected bladder leaks. We offer the sling to resolve this frustrating issue, ensuring your urethra is secure. It's like giving your bladder extra assistance to keep everything in check during those moments when things feel a little out of control.

What Condition Does a Urethral Sling Treat?

Urethral slings address urinary incontinence when other treatments haven't provided the relief you need. Urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of bladder control, is a prevalent issue with varying degrees of severity. Lifestyle or dietary adjustments can help in many cases, but medical intervention using treatments such as a urethral sling is sometimes necessary. This is why it’s essential to consult with a professional healthcare provider. If urinary incontinence impacts you, seek medical advice from your provider at Schneck to gain support and confidence.

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Learn about Urethral Sling Treatment

At Schneck, our approach to the surgical procedure involves inserting a sling to add support for the urethra. This procedure enhances the function of your urethra, helping prevent any unwanted urine leakage by keeping the urethra shut when pressure is put on your bladder. There are different procedures to implement the sling. Our team takes the time to discuss the specific sling material and surgical approach with you, ensuring a personalized and effective solution that prioritizes your comfort.

Women’s Sling Procedures

Women may undergo a retropubic or transobturator procedure. Retropubic procedures include a small vaginal incision and two incisions above the pubic bone. The sling stretches from the vagina to the abdomen, secured in place with soft tissue and absorbable stitches. The transobturator procedure includes a small vaginal incision and incisions in the right and left groin. The mesh is directed through the groin muscles instead of the abdominal wall. This provides an alternative approach for sling placement so the best fit is chosen on a case-by-case basis.

Men’s Sling Procedure

In the male sling procedure, a surgical incision exposes the urethra through the perineal tissue. This tissue is between the anus and the genitals. A surgeon wraps the sling around the urethral bulb, focusing on the upper part near the urethral sphincter. This change in the urethral position enhances resistance in the region, offering support. Men’s sling procedures are not performed at Schneck but are referred out for care.

Mild to moderate urinary incontinence has been effectively treated with these procedures. For help figuring out the best solution, visit your provider at Schneck.

What Are the Risks of a Urethral Sling?

As with many surgeries, inherent risks are associated with urethral sling placement. These may include temporary challenges with urination, urinary tract infection, discomfort during intercourse, and, in rare instances, erosion of the synthetic mesh. If prolapse repair is required, patients receive a referral for care. Providers thoroughly discuss potential risks and benefits to decide on the most suitable surgical option with each patient.

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Your Urology Providers

Welcome to First Urology, where we provide exceptional care and personalized solutions for your urological health needs.

Secure Your Comfort with Schneck's Support

At Schneck, our healthcare providers guide patients in considering factors like accurate diagnosis and post-surgery recovery. We offer personalized sling procedures tailored to individual needs, ensuring the best outcomes for urinary incontinence. With a thoughtful and customized approach, Schneck prioritizes each patient.

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