Vaginal sling procedures use different materials:
- Tissue from your body
- Tissue from the body of a person who has died (cadaver tissue)
- Tissue from a pig or cow
- Man-made (synthetic) material known as mesh
You have either general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia before the surgery starts.
- With general anesthesia, you are asleep and feel no pain.
- With spinal anesthesia, you are awake, but from the waist down you are numb and feel no pain.
A catheter (tube) is placed in your bladder to drain urine from your bladder.
The doctor makes one small surgical cut (incision) inside your vagina. Another small cut is made just above the pubic hair line or in the groin. Most of the procedure is done through the cut inside the vagina.
The doctor creates a sling from the tissue or synthetic material. The sling is passed under your urethra and bladder neck and is attached to the strong tissues in your lower belly, or left in place to let your body heal around and incorporate it into your tissue.