Sling Revision/Removal

Patients who have a mid-urethral sling may, at some point, need to have the positioning revised or the sling removed altogether. Patients who have had sling procedures have often tried non-invasive treatments and found them to be unsuccessful in treating their stress urinary incontinence (or SUI).

Mid-urethral slings are surgically placed to address incontinence issues that have been unsuccessfully addressed with non-surgical alternatives such as Kegels, pessaries, and pelvic floor exercises. Dr. Gandhi works with patients dealing with stress urinary incontinence to find less invasive ways of improving the condition, but at times, slings may be required for effective results.

Sling revision and removal can be done at the practice of Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology. He has the experience and expertise to provide safe and effective adjustments or removal of slings when necessary.

Patients who are having complications due to their sling placement need to understand that there may be some initial discomfort and concerns immediately after the procedure. Patients are educated on what to expect before, during, and after the procedure to have a full understanding of the treatment. Many patients experience constipation concerns after their surgery, but may be able to counteract this problem by drinking plenty of water, taking fiber supplements, eating more fruits and vegetables, and using laxatives to stimulate bowel movements. Difficulty urinating and urge incontinence are also common complications that may be experienced after the initial insertion of the sling.

If it is determined that removal or revision of the sling is necessary, Dr. Gandhi will discuss the need for the treatment and explain what other options may be available to her. The surgical revision or removal of the sling is done as an outpatient surgery at the practice under local anesthetic and sedation. Patients are encouraged to arrange transportation home after their treatment and to contact Dr. Gandhi with any questions or concerns after the surgery.

If you are considering the removal or revision of a mid-urethral sling, contact Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology today to schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Gandhi. Now is the perfect time to learn more about undergoing this surgical treatment when a sling requires revision or removal.