Everything You Need to Know About Types of Bladder Slings for Women

Bladder slings are medical devices used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. They are designed to provide support to the urethra and bladder neck to improve bladder control. There are different types of bladder slings available, including:

1. Tension-Free Vaginal Tape (TVT):

TVT is a commonly used type of bladder sling. It involves placing a mesh tape underneath the urethra to provide support. The mesh tape is typically made of polypropylene material and is inserted through small incisions in the vagina and lower abdomen.

2. Transobturator Tape (TOT):

TOT is similar to TVT but involves passing the mesh tape through small incisions in the groin area, near the upper thighs. The tape is positioned under the urethra to provide support and improve bladder control.

3. Mini-Sling:

Mini-slings are a variation of bladder slings that involve a smaller mesh tape and require fewer incisions. They are designed to provide support to the mid-urethra and are considered less invasive than traditional sling procedures.

4. Adjustable Slings:

Adjustable slings allow for fine-tuning of the sling tension after the initial surgery. This type of sling offers the ability to adjust the amount of support provided to the urethra as needed.

It’s important to note that the use of bladder slings requires careful evaluation and consideration by a healthcare professional. The specific type of sling used will depend on factors such as the severity of the urinary incontinence, patient anatomy, and surgeon preference. The choice of sling should be made in consultation with a qualified healthcare provider who can assess the individual’s condition and determine the most appropriate treatment approach.