Sling Procedures for Stress Incontinence

A sling procedure for treating incontinence involves inserting tissue from another part of your body, or sometimes a synthetic tape made from polypropylene, beneath the urethra in order to support it and prevent urine from leaking.

The operation is fairly simple and can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. However, unlike Botox injections you will have to recuperate in hospital for 1 to 3 days, and will take a few days to recover before being able to resume day-to-day life.

Following any surgery, you may experience temporary problems with emptying your bladder, and may also need to use a catheter to collect urine for up to a week. A catheter is a tube which is inserted into the bladder which collects urine into an external bag.