SPARC™ Self-Fixating Sling System
Stress urinary incontinence typically occurs when weakened muscles and tissues cause the bladder and urethra (the canal that carries urine from the bladder) to relax from their normal positions. The SPARCTM Self-Fixating Sling System was designed to help stop leakage by providing support for the urethra.
How It Works
A urethral support sling is a small strip of a soft synthetic mesh. After insertion, it becomes integrated in your tissues, forming a supportive hammock for your urethra.1
Usually taking less than 30 minutes, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis under local, regional, or general anesthesia. The surgeon makes small incisions and uses special instruments to place the mesh sling. This material is light and porous so your body tissues can grow into it to provide support.
Every patient’s experience is different, and you should talk to your physician about what to expect during your post-operative care. Some general guidelines include no heavy lifting, exercise, or intercourse for a minimum of four weeks. You can return to other normal daily activities at your physician’s discretion, often in one to two weeks. Call your physician immediately if you experience painful urination, bleeding, severe pain, or other problems. As with most surgical procedures, potential adverse reactions may occur. Adverse reactions include, but are not limited to:
- Pain, discomfort, and/or irritation
- Allergic reaction
- Adhesion formation (scar tissue)
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1. Mayo Clinic Staff. Urinary incontinence. Treatment and Drugs. Mayo Clinic’s website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urinary-incontinence/DS00404/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs. Accessed January 7, 2012.