Monday, April 21, 2008

I'm BACCCCKKK! 6 weeks after my TVT surgery....

It's officially 6 weeks after my TVT surgery! THANK GOD!! So what was the TVT surgery (my doctor is featured in this article!) all about? Well as I said earlier, I had a very big baby (Joey) who was 8lbs and 15oz and because I pushed for 5 hours straight, it messed up my bladder and I had urinary incontinence. I have no issue talking about this because so many women have it and it's caused by big babies and bad deliveries and I want to let them know they don't have to live like that!!! I had leakage issues when I coughed, sneezed, would trip or lift something very heavy.

The TVT is a surgery that helps fix this so you don't experience these issues anymore. If you don't like gory details, just skip this section. By the way - I highly recommend my dr. Dr. Michelsen if you are in Texas to perform the surgery. She's AWESOME!

What To Expect After Surgery


(This was pulled from some websites) - Usually within hours of your surgery, you will be asked to urinate to test the response of your bladder and urethra to the surgery. You may be released to go home the same day as your surgery, or you may remain in the hospital overnight. It may be necessary to have a thin, flexible tube catheter placed into your bladder through your urethra to allow urine to drain while you recover or to teach you to perform self-catheterization temporarily.
Some women may experience either retention of urine or urgency to urinate after TVT surgery.

During the time the stitches are dissolving, there may be some discharge or even small pieces of suture coming away. This is normal so there is no need to worry.
I also read online that the surgery is done while you are awake and they fill your bladder with fluid and ask you to cough and you are required to stay overnight. I was NOT awake - I was put to sleep while they did the surgery. I also did not stay overnight. I stayed just through morning and was asked to urinate to make sure I could after the surgery (some people can't and have to wear a catheter home) and it was harder than normal, I'll say that but I was able to urinate. Since I was ok, they released me that day.

I had all the symptoms above after the surgery except I wasn't cathed. I also felt a firm pressure in the area they did the surgery for a good two weeks afterwards and it slowly went away. I took pain meds for about 2 days and that was all. I was also a bit nauseous from the anesthesia after the surgery for a week. I felt a bit of urinary urgency right before I used the bathroom but that went away.

Just an FYI - my doctor would NOT let me exercise for 6 weeks after surgery. That includes any heavy lifting over 25 lbs, no bedroom aerobics (if you know what I mean) and no exercises of any kind. She said that it was absolutely necessary for the body to let that TVT mesh scar into place to hold it. If the body did not scar this into place, it's possible the TVT surgery could fail and have to be repeated.

Today was 6 weeks after the surgery. I've been sneezing on and off and no leak. I went running today - TWO MILES and NO ISSUES! Freedom at last. I'm sorry but having these issues at age 25 sucked!! I was wayyy to young to have to deal with this. I'm so glad I found my doctor and she was able to do this surgery and correct this! I thank her every day for the freedom to be able to live a normal life again! :)

If you ever want to email me regarding the surgery - feel free - my email is designsbybriana @ gmail . com (without the spaces - I did that because I don't want to be spammed!). 

So Desiree and I ran two miles - and that was after 6 weeks of NO EXERCISE! I'm so proud of me! I was at three miles before, so two miles after 6 weeks of no exercise makes me feel so proud. I'm just coming off a running high and I just love it. I hate running by myself but I feel so awesome running with her! It's fun and she pushes me and I feel so good afterwards. It's great!


Update 2/19/2012 - I get asked a LOT about a status on how I'm doing. I'm doing great. I don't leak anymore, unless I have bronchitis or something of the like and I'm coughing so hard it takes my breath away. I can run, exercise, cough and sneeze with no leaking. I noticed there are some moves in zumba that I need to flex my muscles down there to hold it or I could leak. It was a very successful surgery for me. Hope that helps! 

Update 1/2/2014 - Everything is still holding up well. I can't even remember the last time I leaked in any way. This post is by far my most popular out of any in my blog. Please keep in mind the first few weeks it will feel like a LOT of pressure in the vaginal area. You may have to train yourself how to go to the bathroom again. Give it a few weeks before starting to stress out. Make sure to give yourself at least 6 weeks before exercising. I know there are a LOT of tv commercials and lawsuits regarding this type of surgery, but I have had no negative issues from the surgery. Good luck!!

Update 7/1/15 - I still get so many people reaching out from this post. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with me. I was told this single blog post was the most reasonable and reassuring post on the entire internet about what to expect and that isn't negative!

On Sept 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer (at age 34). I went through a double mastectomy, chemo, radiation and reconstruction and removal of my ovaries. Because I had the ovaries removed it threw me into menopause (hello hot flashes!).

I went to the gyno who did my TVT procedure last week. She  no longer does the procedure because there are so many doctors in the area who specialize in it but she told me because I went into menopause the pelvic floor will weaken some and I will notice more leaking.

I did try crossfit a month ago and some of the exercises were pretty intense. Jump roping and any jumping was causing me to leak. She said this was normal and to work on keegels. I still don't leak when I cough or sneeze - only under intense jumping or strenuous activities. This was a huge step from where I was so I'm happy. I haven't had any crazy side effects from the surgery (thankfully) so I'm years out and still going strong. Zumba also causes me to leak. It's the jumping again! I think I just have to admit to myself that jumping is not good for me. I will use the bathroom before zumba class but it doesn't matter.

I get asked a lot of pain is normal after the procedure - yes it is. As I stated above - I felt a very firm pressure for about 2 weeks after the procedure. It was very very hard to pee right after the surgery. I was freaking out that I wouldn't be able to pee but I had to calm down and relax and then I was able to finally get the handle on learning to pee again. I did not have shooting pains - I just had a very firm pressure in the bladder area. It did go away after 2-3 weeks.

I still go to the gym. I can run or use the eliptical without any peeing. As I stated above Zumba gives me some issues but it's normally just the jumping part.

If you have had a positive experience - please post below in the comments. This blog post has been very helpful for women going through the experience having side effects. Good luck! ;)


43 comments:

Anonymous said...

dear briana,
congratulations on your successful TVT..and on your 2mile run. I am currently 1 1/2 weeks post TVT and so far so good. Can't wait to get back to work and working out!! Reading your blog has made me feel a lot more optimistic about things, thanks and good luck

wordgeek said...

Briana,

Congrats on your successful surgery!

At the ripe old age of 47, I too became tired of the constant leaking. My progressed to the point where just walking fast would cause a problem. (What working mom isn't in a hurry!)

I am curious about your recovery time. My doctor said I would be back to work in a few days, but here it is day 4 post-op and I can't imagine going back to work. Searches on the internet say more like 2-3 weeks to recover.

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Mary

Anonymous said...

Dear Briana,
Hi I was 38 when I had my TVT surgery. I was wondering if the doctor you saw is a urogynecologist.
I am now 42 and have not had relif from discomfort, pelvic swelling, discharge, numbing and pain in left leg and foot, suprapubic irritation upon any type of movement(doing dishes, housework, walking,etc.) and no sex since I had my tvt surgery. I don't know why I am writing you accept maybe to tell you that I surely wish I were you!
My sister lives in Texas and had the same surgery done and then ran in a marathon a few months later. I have not even been able to find a doctor who can even help me here in Grand Rapids. I am just at my whits end and have traveled quite some distances to get help.
Well, I am glad all is going super for you. Jealous....yes.
Sincerely, Linda
Michlindy @ comcast.net no spaces

Clemmie said...

I've just had TVT done 2 weeks ago, and I'm really looking forward to being able to exercise. I've had incredible thigh pain since the surgery, but otherwise everything is great. No more sneeze-whoops! I'm so pleased to hear that you can run - that's what I really want to be able to do. I'm a lot older than you and I've had this problem for 19 years, so it's going to be amazing to be able to get back to normal again.

Anonymous said...

I had the TVT surgery two days ago. I have a catheter plus some bleeding...it is hard to wear a pad (you just try to lay on it)with a catheter. Hopefully tomorrow it will come. Was going to the bathroom painful?

Loriadele@hotmail.com

Rita said...

Hi Briana,

I am going on 3 weeks of recovery from my tvt surgery. At the same time I had to have an ovary removed and one cleaned up due to endrometriosis. I had a catheter for a night as I was unable to fully empty my bladder. Removele was easy and no pain voiding after.

So far so good, no leaking, but I also have an overactive bladder as well that I am on meds for.

I have been pretty good up until this week, my right thigh is killing me! It's hard to walk without pain and just have general discomfort. I was on 800mg of Ibuprophen but it wasnt working. Now on steriods for 5 days because they think it is just muscle. I sure hope it helps this leg pain. does anyone else have this and does it clear up???

Thanks for posting your experience with everyone.

Rita

Anonymous said...

Hi
congratulations on your successful TVT.
Im 34, suffered since my son was born (15 years ago) in my 2nd week recovery after having TVT. All is well but was surprised to hear that other women have been suffering from leg pain to,I have had the same and a lots of bruising that is now starting to fade, but was worried something was wrong and after reading this page, am relieved to know this is normal. I was told not to do any pelvic floor exercises for 4 weeks and no running marathons/intercourse for 6 weeks. I have found that post OP info is not clear on whether/how much you can walk to stay fit.
Thank you for sharing all you experiences, it has helped alot.
from UK

Anonymous said...

I was 28 yesterday and had my TVT op this morning. I have been experiencing pain and slight swelling in my lower legs and am as yet to empty my bowels as I'm too afraid. Glad to hear you surgery was successful. I hope mine is too. Louise

June said...

Hi Briana,
Congrats on your sucess...
I had a TVT op (through my groin and not pelvic bone) 6 weeks ago and was told not do anything stressful...carrying bags of any sort, housework out (great..hubby would have to do the ironing). I was told to take at least 6weeks off work as it's very demanding physcially. Went to see a specialist today and he was prepared to sign me off for another 6 weeks. I didn't want to take it, and am due back in work on Monday (24th, now I am concerned that I should have listened to him. I have low laying pain and I feel odd between my legs (very difficult to explain.) It does ache as well...it may well just be swelling,..not painful that it requires painkillers but it does feel uncomfortable. I was also told that I'm not emptying my bladder fully even after going to the loo..a good 420fl ozs left in bladder... leakage....I have leaked twice but only very slightly since the op. I have urge as well as stress and am on medication for the urge. So far so good with the stress....want to get up and run but hubby won't let me, also we haven't had 'extra' and he's very unwilling to try as he don't want to hurt me..
I think I need reasurance about the work & physcial side of this operation....
Thanks!

sandi p said...

well done you for being brave enough to talk about it. I am currently 4 weeks post op. I too had a large baby 10lb 3oz. I waited 8 years before I finally decided I could not take anymore. I am still very sore, but have been over doing it, as I have an 18month old and 2 older kids to run about after. I am still losing clots of blood is this normal after 4 weeks?

my email is sandi_p1975 @ Yahoo.co.uk (no spaces)

Anonymous said...

I am 55 women who has had increasing leaking until the point of not being able to walk fast or bend quickly....

I am 11 days post op from my TVT surgery...... day of surgery i was good, had no problem urinating so was sent home..... was up most of the night feeling "the urge" with no relief.... so decided to do the dreaded self cathetor..... when i bent over to insert... passed out, banged my head... ended out cold for abit until my petrifed husband found me with the blood on my head... after that i continued to pass out, throw up ( i never leaked during vomiting, this is a first) and become weaker until i ended up back in the hospital for a catscan and IV to rehydrate..... that was the start of my recovery.... after that things got slowly better... i still tire very easily and try to nap everyday... i get up about 3 times a night to go pee ... i still feel swollen, and tender.....listen to your body.... don't push too hard too fast.....

Anonymous said...

hacienda78@yahoo.com

Hi I am a 52 year old woman 10 days after tvt surgery. having suffered leakage for approx 10 years decided to go ahead with surgery. so far excellent results no leakage when sneezing or coughing and no just in case toilet visits. have felt very tired and experienced some discharge and bleeding but generally ok. not really confident about time scale of when i can do things as conflicting information from surgeon and nurses. I think from other contributors to blog i am probably doing fine but would like more comments on recovery time. thanks

Anonymous said...

Dear Briana,
Thank you so much for placing your post it's the most useful to date!. I'm now 4 weeks post op and healing slowly. Although i can cough and sneeze with ease! I have been suffering lower back pain and some discomfort in my groin area just like one of your bloggers . I can also feel the tape just below the skin near to the exit sight. It was good to know that i'm not alone in my slower recovery but i'm looking forward to taking my life back.

Jackie said...

Dear Briana, Your blog gives me hope!!! Am 45 years old and currently 9 days post TVT op. Peeing ok, although a bit slower than before! No leakage so far. The thing that bothers me the most is the pain I have in my right groin/thigh. I have read some other blogs which seem to suggest that this can be a long term complication that cannot be solved. I am SO SCARED that I will be left with this pain and not be able to reclaim my life, which was the whole reason for the op! Any comments to reassure me this is quite normal and will ease would be hugely appreciated!! jm.gilbert@hotmail.co.uk

Pooch said...

Hi I know it's been a few years since your op but I found your blog by chance! I had my TVT op this morning. Slight soreness but not toot bad. It's been good to hear everyones experiences

Michele Leroux said...

I had my surgery 6 weeks ago (May 27th) and I ran a 10k on 5-26-12 without any problems! Life is good and all my friends are jealous when I say: "go ahead, make me laugh!"

Joy Conway said...

Hi Brianna

Thank you so much for your blog page on TVT surgery. I have just been told that I am now referred for this surgery (post uro-dynamics). I am so looking forward to this - I can't wait. Ive had problems since childhood and have just accommodated and accommodated until I got to the point where I couldn't bear it any more. I have developed fibroids which has made pressure on the bladder much worse. I asked for a referral to a very well known gynaecologist and will now have surgery by him (NHS, UK). Keyhole via one cut on the vaginal wall and two in the abdomen.
I can't wait to be able to exercise and to feel normal again. Have started looking up exercise classes for my area!! I know I will have to be patient but reading your blog just makes me feel excited for the future.
For anyone considering this surgery and put off by the thought of urodynamics etc - don't be. The thought of the tests is worse than the reality. And the potential of the end result is worth it.

Thanks Brianna

Joy

Joy Conway said...

Hi Brianna

Thank you so much for your blog page on TVT surgery. I have just been told that I am now referred for this surgery (post uro-dynamics). I am so looking forward to this - I can't wait. Ive had problems since childhood and have just accommodated and accommodated until I got to the point where I couldn't bear it any more. I have developed fibroids which has made pressure on the bladder much worse. I asked for a referral to a very well known gynaecologist and will now have surgery by him (NHS, UK). Keyhole via one cut on the vaginal wall and two in the abdomen.
I can't wait to be able to exercise and to feel normal again. Have started looking up exercise classes for my area!! I know I will have to be patient but reading your blog just makes me feel excited for the future.
For anyone considering this surgery and put off by the thought of urodynamics etc - don't be. The thought of the tests is worse than the reality. And the potential of the end result is worth it.

Thanks Brianna

Joy

Dottymo said...

Hi All,
I'm 64 and have ten days to go before my tvt. I have never had intercourse or been pregnant but still have all the problems have done for at least 10 years. Had enough.
After surgery will I be able to take items from wall cupboards in the kitchen. Will I be able to sit and walk, bend etc. cannot find answers to these questions . The cupboards I could empty before I go. I live alone and need to be prepared ie ironing.

janet said...

I had TVT on Nov 6. Now less than 5 days post op, I am feeling normal and have to try not to do more than I should. I have already driven my car and had no problem. I get a tad tired, but not a reason to stop and go to bed. I have had zero pain. I am having a bit of trouble having a bowel movement. I can't figure out where all my food goes. I am spotting just a little vaginally. But, no pain, just gas. I actually wonder if my doctor really did the surgery! It is amazing how easy it has been. Even the hospital nurses were surprised. Now, I just hope the TVT has the right final result. I am 61 and very disgusted with wetting my pants every time I cough, which is oftern with GERD.

tabatha Prott said...

I had my tvt put in Dec13. 2012 the 1st few days sleep a lot then felt fine its been5 days and I think I might have over done it I hurt so bad and so cold. can't sleep on my tummy calling doc in the morning.

Kristieb said...

How long do u have to be off work? I'm a teacher...

Kay Kay said...

Hi Brianna. You were young to have that problem. I found your blog very helpful since I am scheduled for TVT surgery in 2 weeks. I am 52 and have a bad prolapsed bladder. It actually protrudes out of you know where and constantly feels like a bulge there. It is not normal to be able to see your bladder! I have had this problem for years but was so afraid of the scary lawsuits you hear about on TV about women that had the mesh sling procedure that I avoided it all this time. I really don't leak (which sounds amazing I know given how bad it is prolapsed), only once in a great while or if I have Bronchitis or something like that. I don't even have to get up through the night. But when my Dr. explained that I would have the small mesh and not the big one in the news, I felt much better about having the surgery. So, at last I am getting it taken care of. I will stay in the hospital one night. I'm anxious to get it taken care of and a little apprehensive all at the same time, but I'm sure that is normal. I thought this problem was behind me after my hysterectomy years ago when everything was in place. A bad bout with Bronchitis is what I blame it on, plus most women in my family seem to have these kinds of issues. My mom did, and a sister of mine did, that was told she had the worse prolasped uterus her Dr. had ever seen for a woman that never gave birth. And I had a prolapsed uterus as well, before my hysterectomy. Oh well, wish me luck! If I think of any questions I will write in again.

dogsandme said...

I read your blog the day before my surgury. Last Thursday Januiary 31 2013 I had the TVT surgury at 8:30am. I was on my way home at noon. I made sure as soon as I woke up, I was up on the toilet, as I was insistant I would get home sooner. The first day home I felt like I did after giving birth. The second day I was concered about a bowl movement. I remembered the all hamberger and vegtables stew that kept you moving and ate and ate, with the aid of stool softeners my bigest fear was no more. I had two biopsy's and as of my fourth day are my only discomfort. I use to run to the bathroom and urinate fast, now the sitting time is longer to empty. The only problem I use to have was when I lifted, sneezed, laughed hard, and it's not a problem now. Why in this day and age would a woman not take the simple steps to take care of this. The night before the surgury I could think of a million excuses not to go, just out of fear, it wasn't a big deal, I'm going to be 60 in November. The only thing I'm very disapointed in, is the time it is taking to get the biospy results back. maplvalycandles @centurytel.net
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dogsandme said...

Just one more comment I drank so much water and forced myself to walk around the house some. Took the pain pills the first day and I think that really helped. At almost 60 I wanted this to heal with no complications. To anyone wanting to go back to work, two weeks if you have a sit down job, three weeks if your on your legs. Now I'm older so the young woman might spring back sooner. maplvalycandles @centurytel.net

Lauren jonczak said...

Great post. I am glad your surgery was a success. Congrats! I have been reading up on this because I am pregnant and they say he is a very big boy and I am concerned. My biggest concern is self catheterization. I have read that some women have to do this for awhile and I don't think I could handle that. This post makes me feel a little better, thanks so much for sharing.

Teresa Fortune said...

I am 46 years old and I am 6 days post op from my tvt repair. I felt great post op, a little pain with sitting, but very tolerable. I also had a cervical biopsy done and was told to expect some clear discharge following. However I feel like I am leaking when I stand or sit. I haven't spent this much time with a mirror looking at my anatomy in my life! Prior to the surgery I only had incontinence with exercise, like running...so I am a little upset that it seems alittle worse afer surgery. Has anyone else had this problem with discharge or leaking after surgery. I keep telling myself it is only 6 days and maybe there is just swelling, but I am very worried. Can anyone elviate my fears!!
Thanks
Teresa
thefortunes@telus.net

Doris Heasman said...

Hi

I had my tvt sling fitted 2 weeks ago I had 3 huge babies and i got tired of having to cross my legs when i sneezed . I went for my 2 week check up today and i am better then ever .
I was scared at first to go and have it done but i dont regret it at all , I have never taken meds for pain either , To anyone that is scared of going through with it ,,,, dont be

Doris Heasman said...

Hi

I had my tvt sling fitted 2 weeks ago I had 3 huge babies and i got tired of having to cross my legs when i sneezed . I went for my 2 week check up today and i am better then ever .
I was scared at first to go and have it done but i dont regret it at all , I have never taken meds for pain either , To anyone that is scared of going through with it ,,,, dont be

mysia2000 said...

I' m 3 days after my tvt-o. I' m so happy that my doctor didn't ignore my problems as I'm only 37. All women in my family had urinary stress incontinence and I' m the only one who was given the operation. My doctor warned me not to expect too much but secretly I dream of running and doing excercies videos. He told me I can go for a bike in 10 days but I think I will wait 4 weeks, 6 even maybe:) The most pain I had was due to the pressure on my inner thights during the operation, my back hurt also. Had no problem with urinating, some quite huge with first empying bowels, but now it is ok. I can't wait for the full results. I am also taking my mom into undergoing this procedure. My doctor said it takes usually 15 minutes. Thank you for your post as urinary intontinence is a taboo

Ebreiholz said...

I had the procedure yesterday and it sounds very similar to yours. I'm 38 years old and have two children ages 3 and 7. I had the procedure done because I'm very active in exercise and the urinary incontinence was truly affecting my life style. I only took prescribed meds yesterday and last night. I'm swollen and sore but it's what should happen under the circumstances. I'll keep you posted on progress. Happy to hear your procedure was successful. Elaine Email: ebreiholz@hotmail.com

Rachael Walton said...
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Rachael Walton said...

Im having this procedure next week and reading all your comments has really helped. Im 45 and have had stress incontinence for 19 years. I am looking forward to being able to cough in confidence . Thank you all x

archer_se said...

I didn't have big babies or pushed for long, they just rushed out at the end! 4 weeks post op and going back to work in a week. Best thing I did and glad I was able to get it done now instead of waiting years. My girls are 5 and 4. Looking forward to exercising, even walking down stairs got hazardarous at the end. Have tried a little jog and no issues.

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JOANNE HUNTER said...

I had tot surgery 28th august and am still resting at home. been walking and a bit of little washing up etc. after my op I emptied my bladder but not all of the urine, I had to drink more and then I had emptied it. then the nurse discharged me. since ive been home I cant empty my bladder a lot and go around every hour and twice in the night. before the operation I was retaining any how. I also occasionally have an urgency which I didn't have before. ive been off work two weeks as I am a cleaner and do a lot of heavy stuff, so im going to be signed off hopefully for another 2/3 weeks. one thing after the op was that I couldn't open my bowls had to take laxitives so I only go every 4 days at mo. I just hope this improves. I only take shower not bath and shower underneath but don't feel as if im clean enough. my legs hurt when I walk as I had a tot op which goes in at the groin areas and vagina. im sitting here typing and my bladder feels full and need to go, im trying to hold on so I don't go as many times, but I have to just go before I wet myself. before the op I coughed everyday as im a smoker and always leaked a lot, since the operation I haven't coughted at all which is very weird, so I don't know what the outcome is of leaking.

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Unknown said...

I had TVT surgery a week ago. First week was a little rough but feeling much better already! I would like to know if anyone was advised NOT to travel after their surgery and if so why? And for how long after surgery (ie: 4 weeks after surgery). I would really like to travel with my family for springbreak but my doctor told me no travel for 3 months which to me seems extreme? I am a very healthy 48 year old who was in good shape and weight going into the surgery. Please let me know!!! Thank you.

LoveFoodAthlone said...

I had this procedure 12 hours ago (I'm still in hospital) an overnight stay is normal in Ireland.
I can't sleep and was worried about the pressure, but I feel reassured now that I've read this blog.
I teach and my boss advised me to take 3 to 4 weeks off.
Thanks to everyone here.

Debra said...

I'm having this surgery on feb 23rd and am scared but this post really helps. The surgeon Said I could be up and about in a few days and certainly back to work after a week. So I planned on taking a week off. After reading this I wonder how realistic that actually is? How soon were you all back to work? Thanks

Kathy R said...

Hi Everyone I'm now 10 days post Tvt op. Day surgery under General Anasthetic, couldn't pee when I came round as so dehydrated apparently so after tea sandwiches and a fast saline drip I eventually peed enough to go home . Had the op on Thursday morning, was sore and tired for 2-3 days but returned to work on the Monday. I feel good now, been doing some light Crossfit excercies and have to remind myself I'm only 10 days in. Don't seem to have any peeing problems as yet, I'm 52 years old

Emma said...

Hi I'm 11 days post op and I wish I never had it done. I've not been able to pee at all so I'm self catheterising and I hate it, It's really getting me down. If I try to pee it feels like I'm passing razor blades. My consultant has agreed to see me on Wednesday so will see what he has to say.

Clare said...

I am 5 weeks post TVT. Have had no problems peeing. I stayed overnight at hospital after operation. Walking was a struggle, uncomfortable to sit for a couple of weeks. Drove after 3 weeks as was told not to drive unless I could do an emergency stop. I still had my external stitches and my pubic bone was still sore. If I do too much my internal stitches area starts to ache. My groin area did ache for a good 4 weeks but that has subsided. Feeling positive but now want the internal stitches to fall out. How long do they normally take to fall out? Did anybody have the internal ache?