3 Benefits of Sling Surgery for Urinary Incontinence | SUA

3 Benefits of Using Sling Surgery for Incontinence

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Urinary stress incontinence is when a small amount of urine leaks from the urethra as a result of activities including coughing, sneezing, exercising, or other stressors. Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence suffered by women. In total, this condition affects approximately 13 million people in the United States, 85 percent of which are women. Incontinence is more common in women because of pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Men are affected too, but that is usually due to the enlargement of the prostate that occurs with aging. The reason stressors like sneezing cause urine to leak is because they put greater abdominal pressure on the bladder.

Sling surgery is one of the most common surgeries that doctors use to treat incontinence. The surgeon creates a “sling” that they then place under the urethra. The sling acts like a hammock and supports the urethra and the neck of the bladder. As a result, this helps to prevent leaks. If you’re looking to prevent incontinence, read more about the benefits of sling surgery. 

1. You Feel Better After Putting This Problem In The Past

Urinary stress incontinence is an inconvenient condition that can cause a lot of undue stress and embarrassment. With sling surgery, you have the ability to now do something about it and put the stress and frustration that comes with the condition behind you. Following a successful sling surgery, a patient will no longer have to worry about urine leaking when they cough or sneeze. This alone can improve their day and their anxiety. In addition, patients will not have to worry about the condition when engaging in physical activity either, possibly opening the door for a healthier lifestyle.

2. Sling Surgery For Incontinence Could Have Additional Health Benefits 

Women are affected at large by this condition due to pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause that all contribute to the weakening of bladder muscles. For some women, sling surgery might have more than one benefit. One study found that surgery for stress urinary incontinence improves symptoms of another form of incontinence, urgency urinary incontinence, in women who have both types of these conditions. Before committing to the surgery, discuss with your doctor your past medical history. This will go a long way in helping you learn whether sling surgery is the right choice for dealing with incontinence. 

3. Sling Surgery Is Less Invasive Than Other Procedures

While the primary benefit is giving people the peace of mind of not having to worry every time they sneeze, another is that sling surgery has high rates of effectiveness compared to the current market. Additionally, slings are less invasive than most other procedures. Before moving forward with a procedure, be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor. Doing so will not only help ease your mind about potential side effects of sling surgery, but it will also help you make a more informed decision about whether or not the surgery is the right choice for you.

Sling Surgery in New Jersey 

If you are ready to move forward with sling surgery today, then it is time to call a professional urologist. Working with a team of experienced urologists will give you the comfort and specialized care needed for an important procedure. At Somerset Urological Associates, we will give you just that and more. Interested in learning about our sling surgery options? Call us today and we will be happy to answer any and all of your questions.