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Surgical Options for Incontinence


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.

What are they?

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.

Who is a candidate?

Any man or woman with incontinence caused by any of the following activities: coughing, laughing, bending or physical activity.

What can I expect during surgery?

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.

For more information about our urology services, or to make an appointment, please call 410-448-6450.