Tension-Free Vaginal Tape (TVT) is a commonly used treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a condition that limits women’s control of urination. After giving birth, the pelvic support structure may be damaged and women may have trouble with unintentional urination while laughing, coughing, or exerting themselves physically. TVT counteracts this condition by supporting the urethra and bladder neck, acting as a sling. Unfortunately, once implanted, TVT can cause debilitating side effects, such as vaginal bleeding, severe pain, post-operative urination problems, tape erosion, and bladder perforation.
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TVT Tape Background
Over 75,000 women receive treatment for SUI every year. The inability to control urination can have a devastating effect on mood and lifestyle. In mild cases, there are non-surgical methods, such as kegel exercises, that can lessen the symptoms of SUI. But in many instances the condition requires surgery, and TVT has been one of the most popular options over the last decade.
TVT was first introduced in a 1995 journal article that referred to it as an intravaginal slingplasty. In a TVT procedure, a mesh tape is inserted under the urethra such that it holds it in a natural position. In order to place the tape in the urethra, doctors make small incisions in the vaginal and abdominal wall. TVT surgery is often used because it is fast, non-invasive, and sutures are not required. Doctors can complete the surgery in 30 minutes and the use of local anesthesia reduces the risks associated with surgery.
Once the TVT is secured under the urethra the patient may be monitored for days after to ensure that evacuation (urination) continues normally. While long-term success rates are unknown, most studies suggest that, in the short term, about 8 out of 10 women have successful surgeries using TVT. The other 20% of women may be forced to endure any number of uncomfortable complications.
TVT Tape Complications
A review of the potential side effects of TVT in the BC Medical Journal in 2007 found that “there are complications that have been noted in the literature and in our experience.” Further, some of those complications “can be very difficult to treat, such as post-op pelvic discomfort and voiding dysfunction, and patients should be aware of these complications prior to surgery.” Surgeries like TVT, that insert a device into the vagina in order to improve urinary function, are rife with severe consequences, and many doctors have found that the risks are not worth the potential benefit. Some of the most dangerous complications resulting from TVT surgery are vaginal bleeding, voiding dysfunction, and mesh erosion.
- Hematomas are often found at the site of implantation. They may present immediately or days after the operation
- Studies have found that about one third of hematomas observed during TVT operations are acute, meaning they require reoperation or conversion of the TVT operation
- Post-operation, patients given a TVT may have trouble urinating
- A retrospective study in 2000 reviewed 144 patients and found that voiding disorders after surgery affected 31.5% of patients
- Numerous articles have reported that post-TVT procedure patient display urinary retention (inability to urinate) up to 14% of the time
- A serious, delayed complication wherein the tape erodes into the vagina, urethra, or bladder
- Symptoms of mesh erosion may include vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, and dysparunea (painful sexual intercourse)
- Sometimes cause by a bladder perforation at the time of surgery. Less likely to occur if surgeon is experienced in specific TVT techniques
- According to a study done in 2007, “tape erosion into the urethra or vagina is a potentially devastating complication.”
TVT Tape Side Effects
Any one of the following may occur if you had a procedure to fix stress urinary incontinence a TVT:
- Mesh erosion through the urethra, vagina, or bladder
- Vaginal bleeding
- Constant urinary tract infections
- Vaginal discharge
- Voiding dysfunction
- Perforation of the bladder
- Scar tissue from mesh removal
- Deep tissue infections
- Vaginal infections
- Pain in buttocks and thighs
Do I Have a TVT Tape Lawsuit?
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