Treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence
A urethral sling is a medical device that treats stress urinary incontinence in both women and men, although it is more commonly performed in women. In Nashville, Tennessee, reconstructive urologist Dr. L. Dean Knoll specializes in sling surgery. After evaluating your condition, he will let you know if you are a candidate for the procedure and discuss the risks and benefits with you.
The basic concept of the sling procedure is to support the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder), lifting the urethra back to its normal position with a mesh-like hammock. This helps compress the urethra and keep it closed to prevent urine leakage.
In women, there are different urethral sling surgical approaches. Mid-urethral sling surgery is the most common type of procedure. These approaches differ according to how the mesh material is placed under the urethra and secured within the pelvic cavity.
Urethral surgery is an outpatient procedure. You should generally allow 6 weeks of healing before returning to strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, vigorous exercise or sexual intercourse.
Men suffering from stress urinary incontinence may also experience symptom relief with a urethral sling. The male sling procedure is a surgery performed on an outpatient basis. It is similar to the female sling, except it is placed in a different location and is under different tensioning.
Dr. L. Dean Knoll was the first surgeon in the United States to perform an AdVance™ urethral sling procedure for male incontinence. Over the decades, he has performed thousands of urological surgeries for both women and men. He continues to teach reconstructive surgery to fellow urologists nationally and internationally.