A surgical procedure called a bladder sling may be the answer
For those who have incontinence, one of the surgical solutions that you can opt for is having the bladder sling procedure performed.
The procedure involves placing a sling around the urethral wall, so that it can be lifted back to its normal position, and exert pressure on the urethra, in order to avoid the occasional leaks, and incontinence issues a patient is currently dealing with.
When making the slings surgeons can use ligament, muscles, or tendon tissue, or it can be made of synthetic material (like plastic), which is compatible with the human body.
Why the surgery is performed -
The main reason the bladder sling procedure is performed is to help women who are dealing with incontinence issues. The incontinence is usually caused by:
- sagging of the urethra;
- history of previously failed surgeries;
- complications with problems like obesity or other health related issues;
- or other problems such as muscular issues around the urethra.
Once the surgery is completed, women will experience a period of recoup, which tends to be uncomfortable, and there can be some complications one has to consider prior to deciding to go through with having the bladder sling procedure performed, in lieu of other surgical procedures which are available to a patient.
How well does the surgery work & risks associated with it -
The surgical procedure is as successful as other incontinence surgeries, with a success rate being about 80 % of the cases. Some of the risks that women are going to encounter when opting to have the bladder sling procedure performed includes:
- difficulty with urinating after the surgical procedure;
- new symptoms of urgency or incontinence may arise;
- injury to certain organs (the bladder or urethra);
- internal bleeding;
- infections at the incision site; or,
- the small chance of death (as is the case with any other surgical procedure that one has performed.
So, although there are not too many reported complications or risks, there is always the possibility that one (or a few of these) occurs when you choose to have the bladder sling procedure performed.
What you can expect post surgery -
Women will be hospitalized due to the deep incision that is made during the process. A thin tube is placed in the bladder to allow the area and incision to heal as well, and to allow the urine to drain from the bladder for a short period after the procedure is completed.
After a couple days, if there were no complications, you can go home, and should expect a recoup period of anywhere between two weeks, up to one month, and should avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or exercise of any kind.
Pain which women experience is going to depend on each individual, and on the procedure which was performed. With the bladder sling procedure, most women will feel pain around the bladder and at the incision site.
In many cases a doctor may prescribe some type of medicine or pain killers, if the pain is unbearable, but women should cease use after a few days (or as requested by their doctor).
Since constipation is common after surgery, you may want to try some of these things to avoid it:
- eating fruits, vegetables, and grains;
- drinking plenty of fluid, especially water;
- taking a fiber supplement; and,
- possibly scheduling a time period for bowel movements each day.
Factors to consider prior to having the bladder sling procedure -
As it is more complicated than other surgical options for incontinence, women have to consider the possibility of injury or failure, and should understand all risks prior to having the operation. You should also talk to your doctor about:
- how successful they have been with the bladder sling and other surgical solutions for incontinence;
- what can be done to increase the success (if anything); and,
- what other solutions might be available if the bladder sling procedure is not a success.
Keeping these, and any other concerns at bar will help in the decision making process.
Regardless of what you end up deciding, women should know all about the bladder sling procedure, the complications, risks, and success levels, prior to deciding whether or not they are going to go through with the procedure, or whether they should consider an alternate surgical option or solution.