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Blending the Advances of Modern Medicine With Classic Care

Expert, Compassionate Care For Your Genitourinary Needs

Our Focus Is on You

Blending the Advances of Modern Medicine With Classic Care

Expert, Compassionate Care For Your Genitourinary Needs

Our Focus Is on You

Blending the Advances of Modern Medicine With Classic Care

Expert, Compassionate Care For Your Genitourinary Needs

Our Focus Is on You

Blending the Advances of Modern Medicine With Classic Care

Expert, Compassionate Care For Your Genitourinary Needs

Pubovaginal Sling

A pubovaginal sling is a synthetic hammock-like device that is wrapped underneath the urethra to stop urine leakage. Women who suffer from urinary incontinence and cannot be effectively treated through exercise and medications may consider a pubovaginal sling. This procedure is used to support a weak pelvic floor and urethral sphincter muscles.

The Pubovaginal Sling Procedure

This procedure is performed through the vagina and a tiny incision below the belly button. It usually takes about 30 minutes and is performed with general anesthesia.

For the pubovaginal sling procedure, the doctor creates a sling from tissue or synthetic material. The procedure involves placing a band of sling material directly under the bladder neck or mid-urethra, and it is attached to the strong tissues of the lower abdomen. The sling then acts as a physical support to prevent those organs from slipping, causing pressure, and incontinence during physical activity.

Risks of a Pubovaginal Sling Procedure

Patients who undergo a pubovaginal sling procedure may experience complications, which may include:

  • Nerve or blood vessel damage
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Damage to the urethra, bladder or vagina
  • Fistula
  • Vaginal exposure of synthetic material

Patients are advised to have a serious discussion with their doctor regarding all risks and other treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse, before undergoing this procedure.

Recovery from a Pubovaginal Sling Procedure

Patients can usually return home the same day of the procedure, or in some cases, they will be able to return home after a day or two. They can usually return to work and other regular activities within three to four days. Sexual intercourse can be resumed one to three months after the procedure.

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