Urinary Incontinence Surgery -- Sling Procedures
(Mid-urethral Sling; Urinary Incontinence Surgery—Tape Procedures; Tension-free Vaginal Tape (TVT) procedure; Transobturator Tape (TOT) Procedure)
|Female Bladder and Urethra|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Inability to urinate
- Continued incontinence or recurrence of the problem
- Damage to other nearby organs or blood vessels
- Erosion or loosening of the mesh material used during the procedure
- Pain, such as during sexual intercourse
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
- Arrange for a ride home from the hospital.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision sites
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Severe nausea or vomiting
- Trouble urinating
- Pain, burning, urgency, or frequency while urinating
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Canadian Continence Foundation http://www.canadiancontinence.ca
Canadian Urological Association http://www.cua.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/18/2015 -