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If you’ve been diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence (SUI), you’re not alone. SUI is a common and treatable condition.
Talk with your doctor about the various options that exist to manage SUI. These include
treatments such as behavioral therapy, Kegel exercises, biofeedback and electrical stimulation devices. If these non-surgical approaches are not right for you, you may be a candidate for incontinence surgery to treat SUI.
If you suffer from another type of incontinence, such as urge or mixed incontinence, click here to learn about other treatment options.
SUI is the most common type of urinary incontinence and can be the cause of some very
embarrassing situations. You may be surprised to learn there are treatments that could
reduce urine leakage or stop it altogether, so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy
If non-surgical approaches to treating SUI are not right for you, you may be a candidate for
incontinence surgery. While there are a variety of surgical techniques that have been used
over the years, the current standard of care is to use a Tension-free Vaginal Tape (TVT)
Less common surgical methods for SUI are:
The GYNECARE TVT™ Family of Products: GYNECARE TVT™, GYNECARE TVT EXACT® Continence System, GYNECARE TVT™ with Abdominal Guides, GYNECARE TVT™ Obturator System and GYNECARE TVT ABBREVO® Continence System are intended to be used in women as suburethral slings for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
As with any suspension surgery, these procedures should not be performed in pregnant patients.
Additionally, because the PROLENE™ Polypropylene Mesh will not stretch significantly, it should not be performed in patients with future growth potential including women with plans for future pregnancy.
• Do not use the GYNECARE TVT™ Family of Products for patients who are on anti-coagulation therapy.
• Do not use the GYNECARE TVT™ Family of Products, for patients who have a urinary tract infection.
• Bleeding or infection may occur post-operatively.
• Transient leg pain lasting 24-48 hours may occur and can usually be managed with mild analgesics after a GYNECARE TVT™ Obturator or GYNECARE TVT ABBREVO® procedure.
• Since no clinical information is available about pregnancy following sub-urethral sling procedure with the GYNECARE TVT™ Family of Products, the patient should be counseled that future pregnancy may negate the effects of the surgical procedure and the patient may again become incontinent.
• Since no clinical information is available about vaginal delivery following sub-urethral sling procedure with the GYNECARE TVT™ Family of Products, in case of pregnancy, delivery via cesarean section should be considered.
• Post-operatively, refrain from heavy lifting and/or exercise (e.g. cycling, jogging) for at least three to four weeks and to refrain from intercourse for one month. The patients can usually return to other normal activity after one or two weeks.
• Contact your surgeon immediately if there is burning sensation during urination, unusual bleeding, problems voiding or other problems.
• Punctures or lacerations or injury to vessels, nerves, bladder, urethra, or bowel may occur during instrument passage and may require surgical repair.
• Improper placement of the GYNECARE TVT™ Family of Products devices may result in incomplete or no relief from urinary incontinence or may cause urinary tract obstruction.
• Transitory local irritation at the wound site and a transitory foreign body response may occur. This could result in extrusion, erosion, fistula formation or inflammation.
For more information, please consult your doctor or call 1-888-GYNECARE (1-888-496-3227).
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