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Male Sling for Urinary Incontinence

 What is the male sling?
 Why is this done?
 How do I prepare for this procedure?
 What happens during the procedure?
 What happens after the procedure?
 What are the risks of this procedure?

What is the male sling?

The male sling is a surgery to create a sling inside your body to support and raise the urethra into a position that helps improve bladder control. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. The sling may be made from your own tissue or from a mesh-like man-made material.

Why is this done?

The medical term for problems with bladder control is urinary incontinence. This procedure is done to treat incontinence caused by:

How do I prepare for this procedure?

What happens during the procedure?

The procedure may be done at a surgery center or the hospital.

You will be given a regional or general anesthetic before the procedure to keep you from feeling pain. Regional anesthesia numbs part of your body while you stay awake. You may be given medicine with the regional anesthetic to help you relax. General anesthesia relaxes your muscles and you will be asleep.

Your healthcare provider will make a small cut in the area between your anus and scrotum. The sling will be placed against or around the urethra to support and raise it to the correct position.

What happens after the procedure?

After the procedure you may stay in a recovery area for at least a few hours or overnight at the hospital.

You may go home with a catheter, which is a small tube used to drain urine from your bladder. Your healthcare provider will tell you how to take care of the catheter and when it can be removed.

You may have some pain after the procedure. Your healthcare provider may give you pain medicine.

Ask your healthcare provider:

Make sure you know when you should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.

What are the risks of this procedure?

Every procedure or treatment has risks. Some possible risks of this procedure include:

Ask your healthcare provider how these risks apply to you. Be sure to discuss any other questions or concerns that you may have.

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