NJ Urethral Sling

Weakened Bladder

As the female body ages, control of the muscles within the bladder tends to weaken. Sudden Urinary Incontinence is a condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women, where they may be unable to control flow of urine in certain situations, like exercising, sneezing, or coughing. To correct this problem in our female patients, Somerset Urological Associates utilizes a surgical procedure known as a urethral sling. This surgical treatment creates a small loop, or sling, that goes around the neck of the bladder and urethra. The sling’s purpose to the keep the bladder closed during stress situations like the ones previously mentioned.

The Procedure

Because this procedure requires incisions to perform, we will hold the procedure at an area hospital or at an outpatient surgical center. The sling material that is used may be made up of muscle, tendon, or ligament, and will require a two to four week recovery period to allow the bladder, urethra, and sling to naturally heal and begin to take effect. Following the procedure, patients should refrain from moving around too much and taking part in any strenuous activities. The procedure is often used as a last resort for patients that have tried other methods of urinary incontinence correction without the desired results. Success rates in female patients who undergo a urethral sling procedure range from 50 to 80 percent reporting improved symptoms and reduced urges to urinate.


The insertion of a urethral sling comes with a list of possible complications, with the most common of them being bladder perforation and the inability to urinate following the surgery. In addition, the patient may experience pain and discomfort in the groin and thigh area. Somerset Urological Associates’ skilled surgeons will work diligently to ensure that any complications are minimized if they do come up during or following the procedure.


Somerville, NJ Urology

Somerset Urological Associates seeks to provide the highest level of care through our highly skilled team of urological health care professionals and the state of the art technology that we use to diagnose and treat urologic conditions. Our team of physicians has over sixty years of experience diagnosing and treating urinary tract issues along with inserting urethral slings. Our team is dedicated to providing a personalized treatment plan that is convenient and safe for the patient. Come visit us at Somerset Urological Associates to learn more about how we can help treat Sudden Urinary Incontinence with a urethral sling, with the goal of giving our patients the freedom of not being controlled by urges to urinate any longer.

Appointments can be made by calling 908-927-0300.  Somerset Urological Associates is located at 72 West End Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876.