Slings are used to treat certain types of incontinence. They are helpful for stress incontinence or mixed incontinence. In order to determine if you are a candidate for these surgeries, a UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute urologist will need to do a complete history, physical examination and, possibly, an urodynamic evaluation.
Although there are many different types, slings are basically a hammock for the urethra. They prevent you from leaking with activity. After a urologist examines you, he or she will decide which sling is best for your type of incontinence.
Any man or woman with incontinence caused by any of the following activities: coughing, laughing, bending or physical activity.
For women, the surgery is typically an outpatient surgical procedure which takes approximately 20 minutes in the operating room. Most patients leave the hospital without a catheter.
For men, the surgery typically takes about one hour. Depending upon the patient, it can be done as an outpatient or with a one night stay in the hospital. Most patients leave the hospital without a catheter.