Stress incontinence, sling surgery, pros and cons, any success stories?
I've had stress urinary incontinence for 5-6 years, now age 52. Have seen urologist two times with lots of questions, had exam, cystoscopy, and she's recommending sling surgery for hypermobile urethra. After very very much thought, I've agreed to the surgery but am quite worried. The incontinence happens with coughing, sneezing, heavy lifting, running, but not each and every time. But I feel so demeaning, dirty, and have learned to hate myself when those episodes happen. I asked my Dr. if I was jumping the gun in agreeing to surgery and thought maybe I should wait until past menopause. She said she could see how frustrated and upset I am about this when talking to her and she feels it would improve my quality of life. My husband says the same thing, if it bothers me so bad, it's time to do something. I've read so many horror stories on the net about this surgery, and a few positive outcomes, but sure would like to hear more positives. Dr. did tell me to take with a grain of salt everything I read on the net. Medical sites that I've been to, such as this one, are very informative and helpful, but I'd like to hear from women who actually had the surgery and their experiences. I'm afraid of having the surgery, then having more trouble afterwards and being worse than I was to begin with.