When should I consider a sling?
How are slings implanted?
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. If you need general anaesthesia, you must not eat, drink, or smoke for 6 hours before surgery. 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 within 24 hours 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 completely heal. 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.
Your wound will be checked as well. Usually, stitches that dissolve and disappear are used.
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
Are unable to urinate
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
High chance of curing stress urinary incontinence
Does not have a negative effect on possible future surgical treatment
Risk of injury to the urethra during surgery
Very low risk of injury to the bowel or blood vessels in the pelvic area
Risk of temporary urinary retention after surgery
Risk of urgency urinary incontinence
Risk of bruising or bleeding in the abdomen
Risk of urinary tract infection
Risk of erosion or infection of the sling
Risk of recurrence of urinary incontinence
Risk of needing another surgery in case the sling is not effective