Tension Free Vaginal Tape
What is TVT?
Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) is a surgical procedure to help control stress incontinence. It is also know as trans vaginal tape or sling suspension surgery. Stress incontinence is when you laugh, cough, sneeze, lift something heavy or exercise and a little urine leaks out. TVT sling surgery helps close your urethra and bladder neck to stop the leaking. The bladder neck connects to the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder to the outside.
Why is a TVT procedure done?
If you have stress incontinence, there is a range of options including bladder training, Kegel exercises (Pelvic Floor exercises), medications and other lifestyle changes that should be considered before surgery.
Speak to your doctor if you’ve tried these and still have problems with incontinency.
Stress incontinence is caused by a weakening of the ligaments that support the urethra (the tube which carries urine from the bladder), caused by having babies and a general weakening with age.
A TVT procedure is an operation that helps women with stress incontinence by creating a sling to support the urethra and help close off the bladder neck.
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