I leaked for five years, then had a sling job done. I'ts the best thing I ever did. Had it done three years ago. I'm 76 now. No pads now.
The reason for my delay was it was still considered experimental when I first asked about it, and I couldn't afford the surgery, and insurance wouldn't pay. When the insurance said they would cover it I had it done right away.
I would say, 'go ahead and get it'
Best wishes to you.