A tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure is surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence in women. TVT supports the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. After surgery, you may feel weak and tired for several days. Your pubic bone may feel bruised, and you may have some pain or cramping in your lower belly. These symptoms should get better in 1 to 2 weeks.
You should have less or no urine leakage when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or exercise. In fact, at first you may find that it is harder than usual to empty your bladder. This usually gets better after 1 or 2 weeks.
You will probably be able to go back to work and most of your usual activities in 1 to 2 weeks. But you may need 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover. Try to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities that might put extra pressure on your bladder while you recover.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: October 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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