Bladder Sling: Its Functions and Risks Analyzed

Bladder sling surgery helps women treat urinary incontinence. A polypropylene sling is placed around the urethra to help put it into a more natural position. While this surgery has helped many patients recover from bladder related-issues, there is also a risk that debilitating conditions occur if the sling turns out to be faulty. Male patients find that they need to have additional surgical procedures to remove the device after it has been installed. These risks should be carefully discussed with your doctor before you undergo bladder sling surgery.

Bladder slings are installed to prevent sagging of the bladder neck or urethra that is causing difficult urinating. Those with a history of failed surgeries or serious problems with their muscular outlet of the bladder can see improvement when using a bladder sling. Those that have additional complications such as obesity may not be able to undergo other surgical procedures that could help to correct stress incontinence, making a bladder sling their ideal choice for addressing their symptoms.

What to Expect After Bladder Sling Surgery

After undergoing bladder sling surgery you will need to take time to recover and heal:

What Risks Do Bladder Sling Surgery Brings?

Bladder slings made from mesh carry a higher risk of side effects:

What If Complications Appear After Inserting Bladder Sling?

The type of complication the patient is experiencing will determine the type of surgery that is necessary to correct the damage. Common complications that result from faulty mesh include erosion or obstruction of the fistula or urethra, damage to the bladder or bowel, or injury to the blood vessels and nerves surrounding the mesh sling. Careful examination will help determine the extent of the damage so necessary surgical procedures can be planned to erase the damage.

If complications occur after a bladder sling has been inserted, reversion surgery may be necessary to remove the device. If the mesh has become damaged or begin to insert itself in another organ it may take several surgeries before all of the mesh can be successfully removed. Your doctor will continue to perform several examinations after your surgery to determine if future treatment is necessary.

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