Surgery & Recovery

Before Surgery

Discuss with your physician the correct preparation to take prior to your procedure. These surgeries are minimally invasive procedures. Your doctor can perform the surgery through the vagina leaving no abdominal scarring. Alternatively, some certain types of prolapse repair surgeries can be performed laparoscopically through the abdomen. An overnight stay at the hospital may be required, but you can often go home the same day.

During Surgery

The length of the procedure will vary depending on whether the procedure is performed alone or in conjunction with another procedure. You will require general anesthesia. The graft material will be placed vaginally or abdominally to correct the pelvic floor defect and to restore the pelvic floor to its natural state.

Following Surgery

Although every patient’s recovery process is different, there are general guidelines that apply to most pelvic floor procedures.

  • You may be required to take an antibiotic.
  • You may be required to stay in the hospital overnight.
  • You may experience some minor discomfort and fatigue during the first
    24-48 hours after your surgery.
  • You should be able to return to work and resume most of your regular activities within six weeks.
  • Following your surgery, it is important to avoid heavy lifting and sexual intercourse for six weeks or as recommended by your doctor.

Your physician will provide you with more specific details about your individual recovery process, and he or she may have other recommendations based on your individual needs.

Please follow your physician’s directions closely. Even though you may not be feeling any pain from your procedure, you still have to let your body heal properly from the surgery and allow the graft material to incorporate within your body’s natural tissue.

Should any problems occur after your surgery, contact your physician immediately. This is especially important if you have a high temperature or if your surgical area becomes excessively swollen, painful, red or inflamed.

Continue with your annual and other routine check-ups and follow-up care. There is no need to take additional action if you are satisfied with your surgery and are not having complications or symptoms.