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What happens after sling surgery?

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Mid-urethral surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means you usually go home the same day. But you should expect to stay overnight if you have traditional sling surgery. And you may need a catheter after surgery until you heal. That’s a thin, flexible tube that helps drain pee from your body when you can’t use the bathroom on your own.

After sling surgery, you might feel pain for a few days or weeks. You shouldn’t strain, exercise hard, or lift anything heavy until your doctor says it’s OK.

SOURCES: Urology Care Foundation: “Stress Urinary Incontinence: A Patient Guide,” “Facts About Surgical Mesh to Treat Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Incontinence,” “Urinary Incontinence Surgery in Women: The Next Step.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Surgery for Stress Incontinence.”

American Urogynecologic Society: “Frequently Asked Questions by Patients Mid-urethral Slings for Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

FDA: “Considerations about Surgical Mesh for SUI.”  

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on February 21, 2020

SOURCES: Urology Care Foundation: “Stress Urinary Incontinence: A Patient Guide,” “Facts About Surgical Mesh to Treat Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Incontinence,” “Urinary Incontinence Surgery in Women: The Next Step.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Surgery for Stress Incontinence.”

American Urogynecologic Society: “Frequently Asked Questions by Patients Mid-urethral Slings for Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

FDA: “Considerations about Surgical Mesh for SUI.”  

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on February 21, 2020

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