Male Sling Procedure
The male sling procedure was developed to help men with urinary incontinence due to sphincter weakness or insufficiency in the setting of prior pelvic surgery including post-TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) and post-radical prostatectomy. The procedure is proving that this option is probably most satisfactory for men with mild-to-moderate urinary incontinence (2 to 3 pads per day or less). One of the distinct advantages of the male sling is that it can be performed with a fairly short recovery and requires only a small incision in the groin (between scrotum base and the anus). The procedure itself entails placement of a synthetic mesh in the groin area to compress the urethra under it. Most patients have their catheters stay in overnight and can be removed in the hospital in the case of an overnight (23 hour) stay or in the office the next day.