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Incontinence proced.: A "mid-urethral sling" is a thin band of material surgical placed around the middle of the urethra, to stabilize the urethra and control leakage of urine. There are several types. The tvt, tension free vaginal tape, is now considered the gold standard for repair of genuine urinary stress incontinence. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There is so much info about complications from mesh for prolapse. Do tissue slings present same possible problems?
Not exactly: Most of the news about mesh right now applies to large surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse. In these surgeries large pieces of mesh are used to fix large defects. For a urethral sling a very small piece of urethral mesh is typically placed in a very limited area. Mesh erosions for urethral slings are rare and not usually complicated to repair. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
YES: depends whether the fracture is displaced or not. non-dosplaced fractures heal even without sling- however you may get disfigurement. orthopedic referral is required for open fractures and fractures causing neurovascular compromise or tenting of the skin. an xray is necessary to diagnose dosplacement. talk to your physician if you have any concerns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some non mesh alternatives for a sling. With all of the problems with intravaginal mesh, want to avoid its use?
With continuing concerns re: intravaginal mesh, why is it still used frequently for slings. New slings to soon to determine long term safety?
Acceptable Risk: The "failure rate" of the intravaginal mesh is only about 4%. The commercials on tv advertising class-action lawsuits makes the failure rate seem much higher. There are risks to every surgery and surgical device use. It's best to discuss pros and cons with one's physician on an individual basis. ...Read more
Depends: Slings are very useful for stopping urination with cough or sneeze, but can sometimes cause bladder irritability and urinary frequency. Sometimes the material used for the sling itself can cause problems. It is also possible to injure the bladder or the tubes between the bladder and the kidneys when the sling is placed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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