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Open retropubic colposuspension; Laparoscopic retropubic colposuspension; Needle suspension; Burch colposuspension
Always tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.
During the days before the surgery:
On the day of your surgery:
You may be asked to shave your pubic area before the operation.
Most people will have a catheter in their urethra or above their pubic bone after this surgery so that urine can drain from the bladder. Some people may need to go home with a catheter still in place, or they may need to perform intermittent catheterization. This is a procedure where you use a catheter only when you need to urinate. You will be taught how to do this before you leave the hospital.
Many patients leave the hospital on the same day as surgery. Sometimes, patients stay for 2 or 3 days after this surgery.
You may have gauze packing in the vagina after surgery to help stop bleeding. It is usually removed a few hours after surgery.
Urinary leakage decreases for most women who have this surgery. But you may still have some leakage. This may be because other problems are causing your urinary incontinence. Over time, some or all of the leakage may come back.
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Dmochowski RR, Blaivas JM, Gormley EA, et al. Female Stress Urinary Incontinence Update Panel of teh American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc, Whetter LE. Update of AUA guideline on the surgical management of female stress urinary incontinence. J Urol. 2010;183:1906-1914.
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