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Urethral Suspension—Transvaginal Suspensions
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Urethral Suspension—Transvaginal Suspensions?

Stress incontinence is one of the many causes of uncontrolled leaking of urine. Urethral suspension is a surgery to correct incontinence in women.

The incontinence is most often caused by weakening of the pelvic muscles that normally keep the bladder in position. The muscles may be weakened by:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Previous pelvic surgery
  • Lack of physical activity

Female Bladder and Urethra
Female Bladder and Urethra
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The goal of this surgery is to provide extra support to the urethra, giving more resistance against leakage. This will stop the uncontrolled leaking of urine.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a urethral suspension, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Inability to urinate
  • Continued incontinence or recurrence of the problem
  • Damage to other nearby organs or blood vessels
  • Pain (eg, during sexual intercourse)

Your overall health will determine if you are at risk for complications. Talk to your doctor about any factors that may increase your risk.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain,...