09 Oct UGSA Mid-Urethral Slings Information Sheet
Mid-urethral slings (MUS) are narrow tapes made from synthetic polypropylene. These tapes are inserted underneath the middle part of the urethra. Scar tissue forms around the tape, holding it in place, which acts like a hammock to support the urethra during moments when the abdominal pressure is increased, reducing any urine leakage.
MUS placement is a minimally invasive procedure, usually performed under general anaesthesia and may be performed as a day procedure. Women normally return to work after 2 weeks, depending upon the duties performed. This treatment is the most extensively studied continence surgery in history and MUS are widely regarded as the treatment of choice for stress urinary incontinence.