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Trans-Vaginal Tape

One surgery often used for incontinence or pelvic prolapse involving the bladder and urethra is trans-vaginal tape (or TVT), also called mesh surgery. In this surgery, your doctor places a mesh tape that acts like a sling to hold your urethra in its normal position, providing support to eliminate the accidental release of urine. The surgery is performed through tiny incisions in your abdomen and vaginal wall, through robot-assisted or laparoscopic procedures. This surgery takes only about 30 minutes and often can be done on an outpatient basis. Following surgery, you may or may not need a catheter for a short time to assist with urination. Recovery typically takes only a week or two, but you’ll likely be advised to avoid intercourse for about six weeks following the procedure.

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