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Male sling to treat incontinence

The Male Sling

The male sling is a surgical procedure used to treat mild to moderate stress incontinence in men who have suffered from prolonged incontinence and more conservative treatments have failed


images-1One of the main advantages of the male sling is that it is a minimally invasive procedure requiring only a small incision in the groin and just an overnight stay in hospital.

The Male sling procedure entails the placement of a synthetic mesh like surgical tape being inserted through the small incision in the groin. The mesh is attached to the pubic bone and acts like a hammock supporting the urethra and restoring normal bladder control.

Normal or greatly improved bladder control is achieved immediately after surgery.

After surgery there may be some swelling which would make it difficult to urinate so a catheter is normally put in place for a short period of time to allow healing. Once the catheter is removed the possibility of embarrassing urinary leakage may be eliminated or greatly reduced even during strenuous activities such as lifting, exercising, sneezing and coughing.


Risks and complications of the male sling procedure

  • Although very rare as with any surgical procedure there are risks and possible complications
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the mesh or surrounding area
  • Inability to urinate
  • Recurrent leakage


Main Advantages of the male sling procedure

  • Continence is achieved immediately after surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery


Getting help

If you wish to make an appointment to seek further advice and or treatment, please contact Mr Ockrim’s secretary.


The information contained within this website has been provided as a general guide and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own GP or any other health professional.