When a patient experiences urinary incontinence or leaking, our team works to diagnose and treat the problem via the most sophisticated means possible. While some patients may regain urinary control through the regular use of Kegel exercises, lifestyle changes or small vaginal inserts, surgery may be required in the more serious cases. The physicians at Loma Linda University Medical Center offer the minimally invasive mini-sling procedure for patients struggling with urinary incontinence.
The mini sling forms a hammock of support under the urethra that mimics the normal position of the ligament that would typically provide the required support to help prevent urinary leakage when stress is placed on the pelvic region during coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercising, etc. When this ligament is damaged or stretched out due to childbirth, aging or chronic straining, stress urinary leakage may occur. The position of the mini-sling reproduces the natural position of this ligament and in a sense replaces the damaged ligament with a permanent mesh tape that provides the support needed to prevent leakage
The surgery to insert the mini sling is typically performed through a small incision in the vagina and requires only a local anesthetic. In this procedure, risks and complications are rare and patients are usually able to return to normal activities very quickly. This procedure requires less than 15 minutes operative time and is performed on an outpatient basis.