Bladder Slings for Stress Incontinence
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WHAT OTHER BLADDER TREATMENTS
For some women, symptoms of stress incontinence or overactive bladder don’t respond to conservative treatment. When urinary incontinence markedly disrupts life, surgery may be an option. During a sling procedure, the surgeon uses strips of synthetic mesh and tissue (from the patient or a donor) to create a sling or “hammock” under the urethra or bladder neck. The bladder neck is the area of thickened muscle where the bladder connects to the urethra — the tube that carries urine from the bladder. The sling supports the urethra and helps keep it closed — especially when coughing or sneezing — so urine doesn’t leak through.