The reason for it being called a sling, is because it works like a hammock, providing support to the urethra. The mesh has holes in it by design, so that tissue can grow through the holes and fix it in place.
Erosion is a recognised complication, which can happen.
You are correct, patients should be informed of the risks, prior to undergoing surgery. When we make decisions, we look at the benefits and the risks, and if the benefits outweigh the risks, we would proceed.
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