Evidence-based recommendations on single-incision short sling mesh insertion for stress urinary incontinence in women. This involves putting 2 short slings around the tube that carries urine from the bladder to support it.

This guidance replaces NICE interventional procedures guidance on single-incision sub-urethral short tape insertion for stress urinary incontinence in women (IPG262).

 July 2018: The Government has announced a pause on the use of vaginally inserted mesh and tape to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in England. This follows a recommendation by Baroness Cumberlege, who is chairing an independent review of surgical mesh procedures and has heard from women and families affected by them. For details, see the letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement to trust medical directors. This reflects the importance of the arrangements set out in the NICE interventional procedures guidance on mesh. We will work with NHS England to produce a shared decision making tool, to be available when our guideline on urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse publishes early next year.

Next review: October 2019

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This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account. However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

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