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Increased Incontinence After Bladder Sling Surgery

By September 27, 2009 - 10:16pm
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I had bladder sling surgery about a month ago and am actually having worse incontinence than I had before the surgery. I was diagnosed with stress incontinence before the surgery and had to wear a pad for leakage when I coughed or sneezed. Now I am wearing adult diapers because when I move from a sitting to a standing position almost all of the urine in my bladder leaks out. The surgeon performed a urethral injection to add bulking material to help with the incontinence but it has not really helped the situation. I am not sure what the next step should be.

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Well I had my hystertomy March 2014 and had mesh bladder sling about 6 months after that, since the surgery I find myself wearing panty liners and I hate it!!!! Actually my wettness is more now since this DAMN surgery, I have been put on several different medications and I'm over it. I can go to bed dry wake up wet as hell, if I known that I would have never got the surgery period!!!! There is gotta be some relief somewhere, PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

January 15, 2017 - 10:48pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

I'm really sorry this has happened after surgery; I understand your regrets.

You will need to revisit a urinary incontinence specialist again for help. If you're not happy with your current specialist, see a doctor.

I know this tip will seem to come out of nowhere but...I have done a lot of research on this issue and chiropractic care can help some people. I'm not even sure of the connection but I have read there is a connection with the alignment of the pelvis as well as distinct exercises. It's something to consider?


January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
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I was incontinent for about 10 yrs and had to wear pads. When I went to Dr about it he prescribed medication that I took for a year that did't help at all. Then after bladder tests showed I had no muscle tone the dr preformed bladder sling surgery in May 2014. He did not use a mesh material, he told me he would used a material similar to dental floss that would not grow and embed into my organs. When I void the stream does not come out straight like it used to goes mostly to my right. Several months or more and I am back to wearing pads as it is as bad as it was before except I don't leak when I sneeze or cough. I wet myself when I stand up or before I can get to the bathroom or just getting out of bed it rolls down by leg and I cannot help it. I was wondering if I need to go back and have more surgery as maybe this sling has moved out of place?? I would appreciate what you think I should do as I am tired of wearing pads again. Thank You, B. P.

July 20, 2016 - 9:01pm
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I had surgery a transvaginal mesh removal and a prolapse and before surgery i could urinate fine no problem but know after the surgery ,i cant and i have to empty my bladdder my self with a catheters,its horrible

June 4, 2015 - 4:10am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

did you have the mesh removed

January 18, 2017 - 12:27pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had my bladder sling surgery on January 21, 2016. My leakage is worse as well. I got up for work the other morning and went to the restroom and was brushing my teeth and it just ran down my leg with no warning. I now wear pads and was hoping the surgery would stop the leakage but know it is worse. No warning it just happens.

March 10, 2016 - 9:57am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had the same problem, I had bladder sling surgery in April of 2016 and it did not help at all. I wear pads all the time and if wait until I have to go I can't hold it. My Urologist said I need to go to another urologist who can do another surgery to 'tighten things up'. no thank you very much :P I am 64 and the sling surgery was very rough on me especially since while I was recovering I had to have my gall bladder removed and the dr emptied tmy infected gall bladder into my abdomine and nicked the common bile duct. I then had to be transported to another hosp to have a stint put into the bile duct and had to take massive amounts of antibiotics that upset my digestive system...another surgery? I don't think so :/

January 18, 2017 - 3:22pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

My situation is the same. Had sling surgery last week and am worse than ever. My post op appointment is next week. We'll see if it's any better. I'm wondering if there is anyone out there it actually works for. Is it just a $$$ making surgery?

December 12, 2016 - 2:04pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

The same thing is happening to me! I had surgery on March 18th and it is so much worse! I wet myself be for I can even get to the pot and then the urine sprays every where. My post op is in 2 weeks at the 5 wk point. Is this normal? Please any response is welcome...I just feel like cryimg all the time and am scared to go anywhere.

April 28, 2016 - 8:09am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

I am so sorry to hear that all three of you are still dealing with incontinence after surgery.

Have you spoken or reported this to your surgeon?

Most options for urinary incontinence surgery treat stress incontinence.

In some cases, surgery may not cure urinary incontinence. For instance, if you have mixed incontinence — a combination of stress incontinence and overactive bladder — surgery may improve your stress incontinence but not your overactive bladder. You may still need medication and physical therapy after surgery to treat overactive bladder.


April 28, 2016 - 8:25am
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