TVT operation

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Hi Ladies, I am waiting for my date for my TVT Op. It was on the radio yesterday about all the side effects and problems ladies have been having with this operation and now I'm terrified!! I don't know whether to have the op now or just stick to pads for the rest of my life? I've tried the tablets but they didn't suit. My sister had this op and has been fine for over 6 years but I've been reading about it and I'm not sure what to do!!

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    TVT has had a lot of bad press recently and many women have been left with problems afterwards, I believe it has been banned in Scotland too.  Having said that lots of women have had successful outcomes, it depends whether you want to take the risk.

    I had a colposuspension last June, which has been very successful and doesn't carry the same risks as TVT.  Have you considered that instead?

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      Yes I talked all through the options with my consultant but the colposuspension seemed a much bigger op with longer recovery time and I thought the TVT seemed the quicker and better option. I have asked for a further consultation with him via the phone before I decide. thanks Mary.
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      You're welcome Jaynie.  If I can help with any more information  let me know. Good luck!

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      Mary I am due this operation in next few months after having TVT once and amended but still have problems. How long did it take you to get back on your feet after the op and any side affects. It does mention it can cause problems with sexual intercourse and having pain afterwards??
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      Hi Fiona,

      ?Sorry to hear about your problems.  I'm very pleased with the success of my colposuspension.  It is a major operation; I had open surgery but it is possibe to have keyhole surgery which has a shorter recovery period.  I wasn't alowed to do anything much for the first 6 weeks and after that it's best to wait another 6 weeks before doing any lifting or exercise etc or you might jeopardise the outcome.  So you are really recovering for 3 months - but I felt it was worth it for a permanent solution.

        As regards sex, I had also heard the doom and gloom predictions and was worried - however our sex life has not changed at all.  There has been no pain and sensation is as good as before.

      ?I did a lot of research before deciding on this op and I'm really pleased I went ahead; it has changed my life, I can do everything I like now without worrying about embarrassing leakage.  Good luck!

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      Mary thank you so much for replying back. You have put my mind to rest with  a lot of questions. I am delighted the operation was a successs for you and only hope tobring a bit of normality back to my life without worrying about toilets etc
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    There are other procedures that  were used before the mesh.

    I would look into this first.

    go back and see the gynae erologyst discuss your options and ask lots of questions.

    once your flesh adheres to the mash it's a very major op to remove it.

    good luck! 

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      Yes I did discuss other options, Going to think long and hard about it!! thanks Lowfield31.
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    Hi, I had the TVT operation in Dec, I have private healthcare so after the test they arranged op for the next week.  I was told I would be up and driving in a week and back to work within 6 weeks.  Easy peasy.  Well the first week was awful I was bedridden couldnt move, was off work for 4 and a half months.  Ive been to my GP as I have pain and I went back to hospital twice he said Im fine.  Im not fine I feel stabbing sensations and I can only describe the pain as a pressure pain like someone poking their finger onto your skin.  I cant sleep at night now for the pain. Yes  I do not wet myself anymore but this has been worse than I was advised.  Ive made a 3rd apt to see the consultant, he will no doubt say Im fine again but Im not.  Two other people I know had the op and I have no one to ask I feel GP are not knowledgeable about it.  Painkillers they gave me made me a zombie so went into the bin !
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      I am sorry to hear about your trouble after the TVT. I had the operation done 6 years ago and within a year was told they had lifted the bladder too high and so they did a second operation to fix it but it made it worst. As I said I am now being referred for the colposuspension where they use the tissue of the bladder to strengthen it. Could you not ask for your bladder to be examined in case there is mesh or stitching affecting the area. I had this done where they insert a camera through the vagina area and fill the bladder and you get the results there and then. I would go back to your GP and insist you see a Specialist in Gynae. Incidentally, where do you get the stabbing sensation on your body???
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      Hi Fiona, I get pressure pain at the top of my pubic bone at the top of my bikini line.  From left to right I can feel pressure and burning pain.  Also the left of my bone too in my groin.  I feel pains going down my thighs to my knees.  Its so hard to tell the consultant its not normal when he says that I look "fine".  Stitches healed and no infection so your fine and off you go.  ITs affecting my life tho.

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      I to would get pain like that and sometimes the feeling I am pregnant and a weight bearing down on my groin area. I would also get a lot of urinary and vagional infections and would be on antibotics throughtout the year. I  paid private for £180.00 to see a gynae consulant. He then organised the bladder examination in the lical hospital and another urodymamics test and an appointment back with him all through the NHS within 8 weeks of seeing him and now being to,d to have this third operation. It may be worthwhile booking private appointment to get the ball rolling and talk through your concerns. Don't deter, your body is telling you something isn't right so keep pressing agead. Keep me updated on your progress. Good luck! 

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    i had tvt and hysterectomy and repair work done 15 months ago.  I have 2 friends it was very successful for.  My surgery did not work.  I have more leaking now than I had before surgery.  I also have pain with intercourse that I did not previously have.  I was told before surgery this would not happen. I asked if this the mesh everyone suing over.  I was told no, it's a new mesh.  There is no new mesh and yes this mesh has worked for some but it has destroyed lives of others.  It's considered permanent once it is in.  There are very few doctors that can remove it.  You can have a sling procedure with your own tissue so you won't have to worry about erosion.  I was not told of this option.  i also tried pelvic pt after surgery with no success.  If I had a chance to do this again I would not use the mesh I would use my own tissues.  I developed the burning nerve pain as well.  I wish you success in which ever procedure you choose but advise you to research your options.

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