One of the newest options for male urinary incontinence after a prostatectomy is the AdVance™ Sling. It’s inserted into the body through two pinpoint incisions, one on each side of the inner thighs. Then, using special tools, a thin strip of mesh is passed under the urethra. The AdVance sling is anchored by the body’s tissues. Once in place, the mesh provides extra support for the weakened urethral tissues and more resistance to urine flow.
The AdVance male sling was approved by the FDA in August 2006. Placement takes about 30 minutes and is typically done on an outpatient basis. Allen Morey, M.D., a Urologist with UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the AdVance sling is best suited for men with mild to moderate degrees of incontinence. Morey is an instructor for the company that makes the AdVance male sling.
For information about the AdVance™ Male Sling System, contact the UT Southwestern Department of Urology at (214) 648-4765. Information is also available on the company’s website: AMS (American Medical Systems), http://www.amsadvance.com.