Is the bladder sling worth it?
July 8, 2014 6:30 PM Subscribe
Have you had the bladder sling
surgery? It sounds risky.
Would you reccommend it?
posted by gilsonal to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
My mom has been experiencing urinary incontinence for a while now, and her doctor has recommended she have a sling procedure done. The success rates are relatively high, but so are the rates of complication. So much so that the FDA has written a warning about the risks of the use of trans-vaginal mesh.
Right now she's pretty set on doing the procedure, whereas I'm worried that if things don't go perfectly, she may be stuck with permanent pain that won't be fixed even if the mesh is removed. She's not really open to seeing somebody for a second opinion, thinking that they'll just tell her the same info about the surgery.
I'm hoping to get some perspectives from people who have had the operation, and how it worked for them. Also amazing would be to hear from doctors about their impressions of the procedure. It is hard to weigh the possible benefits against the warnings and legal websites that pop up when you search online.
My mom is 59 years old, and in fair health. She also experiences osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism and high blood pressure/cholesterol. She is good at taking medication/following doctor's orders, so I expect her to participate effectively in after-care instructions. (on the other hand, she plans on a long trip to Italy three months post-op).
Thoughts? Thanks so much!