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! ;)