The recent FDA warning regarding serious complications resulting from synthetic sling surgery for the treatment of incontinence in women has prompted researchers to investigate new ways to continue to achieve the high success rate associated with this surgery without the devastating complications that can result. At URO Center, urologists New York Jerry G. Blaivas, MD, FACS and Rajveer Purohit, MD perform an operation with a success rate that is just as high, but without the potentially serious complications.
Some may think it’s a new operation, but it’s not. And it works very effectively with practically no serious complications. In addition, both urologists New York are experts at performing the procedure. In fact, Dr. Blaivas was the first ever to recommend non-mesh slings as the standard treatment for stress incontinence in women. Dr. Blaivas has written chapters in many major textbooks focusing on fascial slings, and his work is typically referenced when others write about non-mesh slings.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sling And Prolapse Repairs Without Mesh
What is a sling?
A sling is ribbon-like substance made up of natural tissue, called fascia, or synthetic mesh that is positioned like a hammock under the urethra in surgical procedures performed to relieve urinary incontinence.
How does it work?
When you cough, sneeze, exercise, or do anything that causes your abdomen to push down, it forces down the bladder and urethra (where the urine comes out) and squeezes it against the sling just like you would compress a water hose by stepping on it to stop the flow of water.
If it works so effectively, why does anyone use synthetic slings and run the risk of serious complications?
Fascial slings require more expertise and many urologists New York are not trained to perform the surgery.
Secondly, the operation is performed through a small incision made in the lower abdomen that can leave a scar that can result in a hernia. The scars resulting from the mesh sling procedures are tiny and there is little risk for a hernia to occur.
Third, fascial sling surgery requires general or regional anesthesia and takes up to two hours, while mesh operations typically take just 30 minutes or less, and can be performed as an outpatient under local anesthesia.
If you’re suffering from mesh complications and are in need of an expert urologist New York residents trust urologists New York Jerry G. Blaivas, MD, FACS and Rajveer Purohit, MD to help. Call the office today to schedule a confidential consultation.