Urethral Suspension -- Sling Procedure

Urethral suspension is a surgery to correct stress incontinence in women. The procedure creates support for the tube that carries urine out of the body. The tube is called the urethra. Female Bladder and UrethraCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Severe nausea or vomiting
    • Trouble urinating
    • Pain, burning, urgency, or frequency of urination

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    Urethral suspension is a surgery to correct stress
    incontinence
    in women. The procedure creates support for the tube that carries urine out of the body. The tube is called the urethra.

    Female Bladder and Urethra
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    The goal of this surgery is to place a sling under the urethra. The sling will close off the urethra during stressors like laughing or sneezing. This will stop the uncontrolled leaking of urine.

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a urethral suspension, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Reactions to anesthesia
    • Inability to urinate
    • Continued incontinence or recurrence of the problem
    • Damage to other nearby organs or blood vessels
    • Pain such as during sexual intercourse

    Sometimes, a surgical mesh is used in this procedure. This mesh has been linked to some problems during recovery. Talk to your doctor about medical devices used during surgery.

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity

    Prior pelvic or vaginal surgery may increase the risk of complications.