FAQs for TVT-O

FAQs for TVT-O

Below you will find questions and answers based on our most frequently asked questions:

Please note that TVT-O Sling & Single Mini-Arc Sling are very similar, but slightly different procedures.

What Are TVT-O/Mini Arc Slings & How Can They Benefit Me?

  • TVT-O/Mini Arc Slings are implantation procedures that aim to reduce urinary incontinence incidences by lifting the bladder.
  • These procedures are minimally invasive and quite simple. During these surgical procedures, corrective tape is place and adjusted to an optimal position, thus providing effective results.
  • TVT-O/Mini Arc Slings are usually most suitable for older and/or overweight women.
  • When compared with other surgical treatment options, TVT-O/Mini Arc Slings offer shorter recovery times, reduced complication risks, and less discomfort/pain.

What Potential Risks & Complications Are Involved?

  • TVT-O/Mini Arc Slings are considered to be relatively safe procedures. To date, there have been polypropylene tape-mesh rejection cases.
  • Your surgeon will talk with you about potential risks and complications during your consultation; these vary from person to person and from procedure to procedure (TVT-O Sling vs. Single Mini Arc Sling).
  • The general risks, applicable to all patients, include bleeding, infection, pain, tissue scarring, procedure failure, and/or potential injury to body structures surrounding the general surgical site.

After Surgery, Will I Have Pain?

  • A patient should anticipate mild to moderate pain after surgery. Appropriate pain medications will be prescribed by your surgeon to help manage discomfort.
  • If you note that your pain is not being significantly reduced or controlled by the medications your doctor prescribed, please contact our Center for further assistance.

Will I Find It Difficult To Urinate After Either Procedure?

  • In some cases, patients encounter temporary urination difficulties. A urinary catheter can be used for a short time to help while your body recovers.

Is It Possible I Can Develop A Urinary Infection?

  • Urinary infections occasionally occur after these procedures. These types of infections are easily treatable with antibiotics and substantial fluid intake.

How Long Do I Have To Wait Before Engaging In Sexual Intercourse?

  • After either procedure, you should abstain from sexual intercourse for about 4-6 weeks.

How Long Will The Tape-Mesh Remain In Place?

  • Evidence gained after analyzing long-term follow-up cases shows that tape-mesh almost always remains intact and continues to support the urethra.
  • Sometimes, complications such as tape-mesh displacement or tape-mesh erosion can occur. In these cases, please consult with your gynecologist as soon as possible.

What Happens If The Placed Tape-Mesh Fails?

  • As with any other surgical procedure, these operations have their own limitations and potential set-backs.
  • If either procedure fails, you must undergo a new set of urodynamic tests. An appropriate treatment plan can be created after your surgeon analyzes the test results.
  • Corrective surgery is also an option following tape-mesh failure. If the possibility were to arise, it would need to be extensively discussed with your surgeon.

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