Urinary incontinence is such an embarrassment and inconvenience, causing those leaks that can be minor or extreme and coming on so suddenly that there isn’t anything you can do about it. A cough, a sneeze, or laughter can send you running for a bathroom, and it’s already too late, forcing you to wear protective liners and underwear to deal with the problem. You are not alone.
Many women experience issues with urinary leakage as they approach middle age. Pregnancy, menopause, and a weakening of the pelvic muscles can all contribute to this pesky problem. If you are tired of dealing with sudden leaks and want a permanent solution, the urethral sling could be the answer you seek.
What is a Urethral Sling?
The urethral sling is used to create support for your urethra. The sling can be made from a variety of materials, including tissue from your body. Surgical mesh, created from a durable, synthetic material, is most commonly used to create the sling.
By supporting the urethra and the bladder neck, the muscle that links the bladder and urethra, it is possible to keep urine from leaking through the urethra until you are ready to empty your bladder.
You may still need physical therapy to strengthen your pelvic muscles or medication if you have other issues, such as overactive bladder. However, the urethral sling can resolve stress incontinence, a condition that results from weakening of the bladder neck or a shift in the position of the urethra over time.
Are You a Candidate for the Urethral Sling?
If you suffer from an extreme case of stress incontinence that has not responded to other treatment options, the urethral sling could offer you relief. You should not have a urethral sling procedure if you are expecting to have children as each pregnancy will affect the muscles in your pelvic area.
If your urinary leakage is due to an overactive bladder, the urethral sling will not resolve your problem, and you will need to explore other options.
The most important thing that you can do is to follow our instructions concerning any restrictions in activity. Take prescribed medication and care for your body.
Learn More About the Urethral Sling
When urinary leakage becomes a burden, it’s time to look for a solution that will work for you. The urethral sling can help you to enjoy the activities you love and have a better quality of life. If you have any questions or symptoms that concern you, be sure to contact the office of Dr. Sherry Thomas today for your consultation.