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.
This surgery may be done while you are asleep. Or the surgery may be done while
you are awake so you can cough at the doctor's request to test the tape's
support of your urethra. If you are awake, you will get medicine to prevent
pain and help you relax.
During the surgery, the doctor will make
a small cut (incision) inside your vagina and two small incisions in your lower
belly above your pubic bone. The doctor will insert a piece of mesh tape
through the incision in your vagina. He or she will place the tape under your
urethra like a sling or hammock for support. Then the doctor will pull the tape
through the incisions in your belly to hold it in place under your skin. He or
she will close the incisions in your belly and vagina with stitches.
You may go home the same day as your surgery, or you may need to stay in
the hospital overnight. 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
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.
Having surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
February 25, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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