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Mid-urethral sling operation for stress urinary incontinence

Published: 22/10/2015

As of July 11 2018, use of mesh for incontinence has been paused while extra safety measures are put in place.

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Stress urinary incontinence is when urine leaks from your bladder when you do things which place pressure (stress) on your bladder. This often occurs with laughing, coughing, sneezing and physical activity. This information will help you recover after a mid-urethral sling operation for stress urinary incontinence.

You should read this information along with any other information you have been given about your choices and the operation itself. You may also find the video useful which discusses the procedure and recovery. This information gives general advice based on women’s experiences and expert opinion. Every woman has different needs and recovers in different ways. Your own recovery will depend upon:

  • How fit and well you are before your operation
  • The reason you are having a mid-urethral sling operation
  • The exact type of operation that you have
  • How smoothly everything goes and whether there are any complications

To view subtitles please click the ‘CC’ button at the bottom of the video.

Menopause hub

Our information hub about menopause and women's health in later life brings together a range of resources that will help you find out more, including a section on incontinence and bladder problems.

Download the leaflet

Download a printable version of the ‘recovering from a mid-urethral sling operation for stress urinary incontinence’ leaflet

Watch the video in BSL

Watch the ‘recovering from a mid-urethral sling operation for stress urinary incontinence’ video in British Sign Language (BSL)

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