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Tension Free Vaginal Tape (TVT/Sling)

Tension free vaginal tape, also known as TVT/sling, is a thin piece of flexible, permanent surgical mesh that a surgeon places under the urethra to help treat stress urinary incontinence.

You may benefit from this outpatient procedure if you experience urine leakage when you laugh, sneeze or cough.

What to Expect

Typical recovery for the procedure is 2-3 weeks. During the first week you may need medications to manage your pain.

Advantages to the TVT/sling procedure include: 

  • Small vaginal incision, no abdominal incision,
  • No hospital stay (same day surgery or just overnight)
  • Faster post-operative recovery time (average 2-3 weeks or less)

You can expect to resume normal physical activity within hours of the procedure, and you may be able to return to work between 2-3 weeks after surgery. You may resume sex after six weeks.

You'll have a follow-up appointment with your physician between 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Potential Complications

Your surgeon will explain any possible risks from this surgery, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to bladder
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Blood clot in the legs or lungs (rare)

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