Urinary Incontinence

A urethral sling is a procedure used to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence.

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) occurs when an increase in intra-abdominal pressure exceeds urethral closure pressure, resulting in the involuntary leakage of urine. This may occur with exertion, sneezing, or coughing.

The Urethral Sling with Clearpoint Health

Many patients choose Clearpoint Health for the urethral sling. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.

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About the urethral sling

A surgical approach that is widely used today to restore continence involves the implanting of a urethral sling. A sling is a narrow strip of material that the surgeon positions under the urethra to support its natural tissues, allowing it to function as intended. The implanted sling acts much like a hammock, providing extra support of the urethra to prevent accidental leakage. The Ajust™ Single-Incision Sling allows your doctor to place the sling through only a single vaginal incision. The implant is made from a synthetic material that is uniquely knitted to provide exceptional strength and durability, providing the support required for urethral tissues after the procedure.

In most cases, a urethral sling can be implanted within about 30 minutes. Placement of a sling is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Your physician will choose the anesthesia best suited to your condition and general health: either local or general anesthesia. The sling is designed to prevent involuntary leakage of urine, and it then self-anchors securely in place. They have been used successfully in hundreds of thousands of patients. Each patient is unique, however, and your physician can give you a more specific view of what your expectations should be.

Management options for SUI include conservative and surgical treatments. Midurethral sling placement has replaced other procedures (e.g., retropubic colposuspension, bladder neck slings) as the procedure of choice for many women. The tension-free vaginal tape (TVT), introduced by Ulmsten in 1996, was the first synthetic retropubic midurethral sling. Since that time, variations of retropubic midurethral slings as well as midurethral transobturator slings have been introduced. A midurethral sling is a suburethral sling that is placed at the level of the midurethra in a tension-free manner. These slings are made of synthetic mesh.

Next steps for the Urethral Sling

If you are ready to discuss your urinary incontinence surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications