Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 268–274 | Cite as

Evaluation and Management of Urinary Retention and Voiding Dysfunction After Sling Surgery for Female Stress Urinary Incontinence

  • Christopher S. ElliottEmail author
  • Craig V. Comiter
Acquired Voiding Dysfunction (CV Comiter, Section Editor)


Female urethral sling surgery is the most common procedure performed to treat stress urinary incontinence with cure rates in excess of 85 %. In a small minority of patients however, postoperative voiding dysfunction develops, in the form of: urinary retention; high post-void residual; poor urinary flow; urinary frequency; urinary urgency; urinary urge incontinence; or pelvic pain. This article reviews the occurrence of voiding dysfunction after sling surgery and outlines the current evaluation and management of patients with these complaints.


Urinary stress incontinence Urethral sling Voiding dysfunction Female 



No potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were reported.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyStanford Medical SchoolStanfordUSA

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