This is an operation to treat stress incontinence (leakage of urine when you exercise, cough, sneeze or strain). It involves making a small cut inside your vagina and passing a tape under your urethra (waterpipe). The tape is like a ribbon, made out of plastic mesh, and stays inside the body permanently. When you exercise or cough, there is downward pressure on the bladder. The tape acts as a support underneath your urethra to hold it closed when the bladder is pushed down; this stops any urine leakage.
Two thirds (66%) of women are completely dry after this procedure.
This is a relatively minor procedure with a short recovery time.
Synthetic Mesh Tape Insertion In Women Patient Leafet (click to view). This leaflet link contains evidence-based information about your proposed urological procedure. The British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) has consulted specialist surgeons during its preparation, so that it represents best practice in UK urology. You should use it in addition to any advice already given to you.
This leaflet is a summary of the evidence on the benefits and risks of vaginal mesh implants from the MHRA.
This leaflet is a comparison of treatment options for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)