Top of the page
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.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter Z311 in the search box to learn more about "Laparoscopic Retropubic Suspension: Before Your Surgery".
Current as of: December 19, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.
©2006-2019 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.