Retropubic suspension treats stress urinary incontinence in women. The surgery lifts the sagging bladder and urethra. Then it supports them in their normal positions in the pelvis. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body.
In open surgery, a doctor makes a cut in your lower belly. This cut is called an incision. The doctor will attach the bladder and the urethra to the pubic bone or other tissues. The stitches lift and hold the bladder and urethra in their normal positions. Then the doctor will close the incision with stitches.
You will have a scar that is about 13 centimetres long. The scar will fade with time.
Most women go home 2 or 3 days after the surgery. You may 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 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: August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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