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Unread 08-18-2005, 07:43 PM

My doctor told me today that she will be doing the burch procedure along with my TAH. My bladder is what is really driving me crazy anyway, but I am really not sure what this is and how it works. Can anyone help me out!

I am soooo glad I found this site! Thanks to everyone who answers the many questions by all us "pre-opers"!
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Unread 08-18-2005, 08:57 PM


The burch procedure, from what I understand, is when the surgeon uses sutures, placed in a certain way, to re-suspend and support the bladder.

To learn more about the burch procedure, please visit the Bladder Matters forum.

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Unread 08-19-2005, 08:45 AM

I had a Burch done w/ my tah. It has been a God-send! I wasen't sure what it was all about at first eithier...but I did some looking on the web & asked questions on the site that Deb (hostess) recommended.
Toward the end of my pre-hyst journey I was having some major continence issues...on top of the excessive bleeding, life was pretty miserable! The Burch has helped considerably.
Good luck!
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Unread 08-19-2005, 08:51 AM

The Burch Procedure is used when the bladder or urethra has fallen out of its normal position. The goal is to restore them to their normal position in the pelvis.

During the Burch Procedure, the surgeon lifts the wall of the vagina where the urethra is located. The vaginal wall is sutured to tissue near the pubic bone. This corrects the weakness so that the bladder remains stable during activities that might cause leakage such as coughing or sneezing.

The Burch can be performed either through open abdominal surgery or by using a laparoscope, a special telescope-like instrument that can operate through small incisions.

Open abdominal surgery requires an incision several inches long in the bikini area. This surgery requires about three days in the hospital and four to six weeks of recovery time.

A Burch can also be performed using a laproscope. In this instance, three or four quarter-inch incisions in the belly button and groin area are necessary. One of the main advantages of this procedure is a quick recovery time because the smaller incisions require less healing. Women can leave the hospital within 24 hours and many can return to their normal activities within seven to 14 days.

Eighty to eighty-five percent of women treated with the Burch procedure are cured. Because laparoscopy is a fairly new procedure, most long-term results are based on open abdominal surgeries, but some five-year studies show that laparoscopy is as successful as open abdominal operations. Hope this helps and good luck will be thinking of you Love dawn xx
Unread 08-19-2005, 10:56 AM

Hello,I had a burch done along with tah/bso/cervix.Its the best thing I have ever had.When you sneeze you dont pee.yeeeeppppeee.What dr told me permenment suctures are put in there to hold up the bladder.You will keep a cather 1 or 2 days longerIts just a beautiful hing.GOOD LUCK
Unread 08-20-2005, 06:38 PM

Just wanted to wish you luck on your surgery.
Unread 08-20-2005, 07:05 PM

Thanks! I appreciate that and your prayers!~

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