Surgery & Recovery
During a sling procedure, your doctor will place the center of the sling beneath your urethra. To place a full sling, an incision is made in your thigh or abdomen and vagina. The length of the incisions will depend on the severity of your condition and your doctor’s approach.To place a mini-sling, a small, single incision is made in the vagina, supporting a faster recovery time.
When the sling is put in its desired position, it forms a cradle around your urethra which provides support. This support holds the urethra in its correct position which corrects stress incontinence.
After the procedure, your doctor may recommend that you use medication or other management products but this will depend upon the severity and type of your original incontinence. Your doctor will discuss this with you in detail.
Although every patient’s process is different, there are general recovery guidelines that apply to most sling procedures.
- A sling procedure is a minimally invasive surgery; however, 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.
- Following your surgery, it is important to avoid heavy lifting and sexual intercourse for six weeks or as recommended by your doctor.