Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 311–320 | Cite as

Use of Artificial Urinary Sphincter and Slings to Manage Neurogenic Bladder Following Spinal Cord Injury—Is It Safe?

  • Kathryn A. ScottEmail author
  • Michael Tonzi
  • Dmitriy Nikolavsky
Neurogenic Bladder (C Powell, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Neurogenic Bladder


Purpose of Review

As an examination of available literature, this review summarizes the use of artificial urinary sphincters and urethral slings in patients with spinal cord injury and neurogenic bladder.

Recent Findings

A majority of studies are small and retrospective in nature. Study populations are frequently non-randomized with mixed etiology, including those with and without spinal cord injury. Sphincter use has been infrequently studied in females and remains the gold standard in males. New directions in research describe the use of robotic implantation to decrease complications.


Artificial urinary sphincter use in patients with spinal cord injury appears to be relatively safe. They achieve continence in most patients (89%, range 23–100%), though on review have high removal and revision rates. These are typically due to infection, erosions, and mechanical failure. Synthetic and autologous slings are described with continence rates of 33–90.9% and reoperations due to erosions occurring with a 3–11% rate.


Neurogenic bladder Spinal cord injury Stress urinary incontinence Artificial urinary sphincter Retropubic sling Intrinsic sphincter deficiency 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Drs Scott, Tonzi and Nikolavsky do not have any conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn A. Scott
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Tonzi
    • 1
  • Dmitriy Nikolavsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologySUNY Upstate Medical CenterSyracuseUSA

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