The surgery may be done under regional anaesthesia (which involves the injection of a local anaesthetic medicine into the spine while you are awake) or general anaesthesia (where you will be asleep throughout the operation). The anaesthetist will discuss will you the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.
The operation involves a "bikini" line cut just below the pubic hairline. The surgery takes about 45 minutes to complete.
At the end of surgery, a tube will be inserted into the bladder through the abdominal wall (suprapubic catheter) or the urethra (urethral catheter). Another tube (drain) will also be inserted to drain blood from the site of surgery.
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