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Minimally invasive surgery to treat male urinary stress incontinence
This is a relatively straightforward and minimally invasive type of surgery that can offer significant and long-lasting results for many people with male urinary incontinence. It is suitable for people with less severe urinary incontinence, usually as a result of an operation such as a prostatectomy.
At Circle Health Group, we understand how frustrating and embarrassing urinary incontinence can be for men. That's why we offer the latest techniques to help our patients feel more comfortable and confident in their daily lives.
If you're experiencing urinary incontinence and want to learn more about how a male sling procedure could help you, book a consultation with one of our urological specialists today. Call or book online today and you could have your initial consultation within 48 hours.
Male slings are an effective treatment for stress urinary incontinence in men. Clinical studies have reported success rates ranging from 70-90%. However, the success of the procedure depends on a variety of factors, including the patient's age, overall health, and the severity of their condition.
Symptoms that can be eased or eliminated with a male sling include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to seek medical attention. Embarrassment can often hold us back from seeking treatment about urinary problems, but many people don't realise just how many treatments are available for incontinence and related issues.
Many conditions can lead to urinary incontinence in men, including:
A male sling won't be appropriate in all cases, but your consultant urologist will help you to find the best treatment for you.
Your first consultation is crucial in helping us understand your unique situation so that we can tailor our treatment plan to your specific needs. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have, ensuring that you feel comfortable and confident moving forward.
Once we have made a diagnosis and discussed your treatment options, we will work with you to decide on the best course of action. Whether it's a male sling or another treatment option, we will ensure that you are fully informed about your choices and that your preferences are taken into account.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision in your perineum (the area between your scrotum and anus). They will then create a small tunnel under your urethra, through which they will place the sling. The sling is made of a flexible material that supports the urethra and helps to control urine flow. The procedure is minimally invasive, using keyhole surgery, and most patients can go home the same day.
After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or pain, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You may also experience some minor bleeding or bruising in the surgical area, which should resolve on its own within a few days. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure, including advice on when you can resume normal activities.
Potential complications include:
We understand that the thought of any surgery can be overwhelming, but we're here to guide you every step of the way. We believe in providing personalised care to our patients, and we'll work closely with you to lessen any potential risks and ensure the best possible outcome. If you have any questions or concerns about male sling surgery, please don't hesitate to contact us to book a consultation with one of our expert consultants.
After the male sling procedure, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, or bruising around the surgical site. You may also have difficulty urinating or experience some blood in your urine. Your surgeon will advise you on how to manage these symptoms and what to expect during the recovery process.
The duration of the male sling depends on the individual and the severity of their condition. In general, male slings are designed to provide long-term relief from incontinence. Your surgeon will discuss the expected outcomes of the procedure with you during your initial consultation.
Male slings can be made from a variety of materials, including synthetic mesh or natural tissue from the patient's own body. Your surgeon will discuss the materials options with you and determine which type of sling is most appropriate for your specific needs.
If you would like to learn more about a male sling, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly.
Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in March 2023. Next review due March 2026.