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Transvaginal Tape Bladder Sling Surgery

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

Pregnancy, Transvaginal tape, stress incontinence, Transvaginal Tape Bladder Sling

Overview *

A Transvaginal Tape (TVT) is a safe surgical intervention performed to help women regain bladder control. Urinary incontinence occurs when a woman cannot control the emptying of her bladder, resulting in symptoms ranging from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. While there are a number of causes for incontinence, the transvaginal tape operation is recommended for women with stress incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when urine flows out of the body uncontrollably when a person bears down, for instance from sneezing, coughing or lifting heavy objects. Potential causes of stress incontinence include pelvic surgery, childbirth, or intrinsic sphincter deficiency. Drinking a lot of caffeine or alcoholic beverages may worsen incontinence. TheTVT surgery can be done under local, spinal, epidural, or general anesthesia. A sling is inserted under the urethra to lift the urethra and prevent urine leakage. Women who undergo TVT surgery should not get pregnant, as the sling does not stretch.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Anatomy
Incontinence | Diagnosis
Alternative Treatments | TVT Sling Surgery
Risks & Complications | After the Procedure
Conclusion

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program explains the anatomy and function of the urinary bladder and introduces the causes and symptoms of incontinence. The program also explains the transvaginal tape operation and discusses the possible risks and complications associated with the procedure.

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Last reviewed: 6/15/2007

 
     
 

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