1.1 Current evidence on the safety and short-term efficacy of the insertion of biological slings for stress urinary incontinence in women is adequate to support the use of this procedure provided that normal arrangements are in place for consent and clinical governance.
1.2 Data on the long-term efficacy of the insertion of biological slings for stress urinary incontinence in women are limited to autologous slings. Clinicians should therefore audit patients in the longer term. Publication of further audit data and research will be helpful in determining the usefulness of different types of sling for this procedure.
1.3 Clinicians should ensure that patients understand that slings made of cadaveric or animal tissue may be implanted, and that the use of such slings is acceptable to the patient.