WHAT TO EXPECT POST PROCEDURE
- Vaginal spotting and discharge are normal and may last for about 6 weeks.
- You may still experience occasional incontinence as this procedure is intended to correct stress incontinence (leaking when laughing, coughing, sneezing, and exercising). Urge incontinence may improve with a sling, but the extent of the improvement isn’t known until about 10 weeks post-surgery.
To heal properly and make sure that you do not damage the sling before it can heal, please follow the instructions below.
● PAIN: Many women have little or no pain after the procedure. Most patients do well with taking two (2) 325mg Tylenol or 600 mg Ibuprofen every 6 hours. Please remember to take it easy and rest. We may prescribe pain medication if your pain is severe.
● RESTRICTIONS: You will have an incision inside your vagina that needs to heal. Therefore, it is important to have pelvic rest until after your post-op visit. NOTHING in the vagina for 6 weeks (NO douching, tampons, sexual intercourse, etc.). NO lifting of more than 10 lbs. for 2 weeks post-surgery, then NO lifting of 20 lbs. until 6 weeks post-surgery as we want to make sure the sling heals in the proper location.
Please call our office if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Heavy vaginal bleeding: Filling 1 pad per hour for more than two consecutive hours.
- Increasing pelvic pain or abdominal pain.
- Redness over puncture sites.
- Inability to pass urine for over 6 hours.
- Fever greater than 101F or above 100.4 for 4 hours.