How is sling insertion performed in women with stress incontinence?

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For some women with stress incontinence (leaking when coughing or jumping), the surgical insertion of a urethral sling can help support the urethra (the tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body). The surgeon makes a small incision under the urethra through the vagina and two small incisions in the lower abdomen, to insert a strip of synthetic mesh under the urethra to support it. Gradually, your body's own tissues grow through the mesh to hold it in place.

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