When should I consider a balloon insertion?
How are balloons inserted?
How do I prepare for the procedure?
Before the surgery the doctor will ask for a urine sample to make sure you do not have a urinary tract infection. If you have an infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics before, during, and after the operation.
Your doctor will advise you in detail about how to prepare for the procedure. You must not eat, drink, or smoke for 6 hours before surgery to prepare for the anaesthesia. If you are taking any prescribed medication, discuss it with your doctor. You may need to stop taking it several days before surgery. Your doctor will advise you on when you can start taking it again.
How long will it take me to get back to my daily activities?
The doctor will generally remove the catheter immediately after the surgery and monitor your recovery. Usually you can leave the hospital a few days after the procedure. If you have problems urinating or there is much post void residual urine in the bladder, you may have to stay longer. The recommended length of hospital stay varies in different countries.
After any surgery, your body needs time to fully recover. It can take up to 6 weeks for the wound to heal completely. During this time you may experience pain in the pelvic area, or feel pain when you urinate. Your doctor can prescribe medication to deal with these symptoms.
Recommendations for 4-6 weeks after the surgery:
Drink 1-2 litres every day, especially water
Do not lift anything heavier than 5 kilograms
Do not do any heavy exercise
Take showers instead of baths
Avoid thermal baths, or going to the sauna
Adapt your diet to prevent constipation
You need to go to your doctor or go back to the hospital right away if you:
Develop a fever
Are unable to urinate on your own
Have heavy blood loss or pain
Have significant blood in the urine
Notice the wound starts to bleed or leak transparent fluid, or it hurts
The volume of the balloons can be adjusted
Chance of improvement of stress urinary incontinence
Risk of injury to the urethra or the bladder during surgery
Very low risk of injury to the bowel or blood vessels in the pelvic area
Risk of temporary urinary retention
Risk of urgency urinary incontinence
Risk of bruising or bleeding in the abdomen
Risk of urinary tract infection
Risk of erosion of the device leading to infection of the bladder, rectum or urethra
Risk of recurrence of urinary incontinence
Risk of needing another surgery in case the device is not effective