Retropubic suspension treats stress urinary incontinence in women. The surgery lifts the sagging bladder and urethra. Then it supports them in their normal positions. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body.
This type of surgery is done through small cuts in your lower belly. These cuts are called incisions. The doctor will put a lighted tube (scope) and other surgical tools through the cuts. The doctor will attach the bladder and the urethra to the pubic bone or other tissue. This will lift and hold the bladder and urethra in their normal positions. The doctor will close the incisions with stitches.
You will have a few small scars on your belly. They will fade with time.
Most women go home 1 or 2 days after the surgery. You will probably be able to go back to most of your usual activities in 2 to 4 weeks. But you may need 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover.
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.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 20, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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