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!). Or leave a comment on this post and I'll reply back to you.
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!
Ok, totally off subject...
I took Justin to the doctor today and he has a major sinus infection and when it gets as bad as his got, it causes pink eye type symptoms and can also be caused by ear infections. He's got the sinus and the ear infections and it's causing his eye to be goopy. She said because it's so bad she's prescribed antibiotic and eye drops and said he can go to daycare after his eye clears up, which could be tomorrow so keep your fingers crossed. Poor kiddo!
By the way - today it got to be about 85 and pretty humid. I told Desiree my house is set to 85 during the day and 78 around 5pm and she thought I was nuts. I think I will need to adjust the indoor day temperature down a little bit or I may be sweating! ;) I think I'm trying to prepare myself for the even hotter weather that's going to come.
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!