What happens after urethral sling surgery?

Patients usually recover from this surgery quickly. It's best to limit demanding activities for approximately six weeks after surgery to avoid having the sling come down before healing is complete.

After surgery, there may be swelling that makes it difficult to urinate. The patient may have a catheter (a hollow tube) coming out of the urethra for a short period of time to allow him to empty his bladder.

After the swelling goes down, the patient will gradually be able to urinate on his own and empty his bladder well. However, the normal urination pattern may not return for a few weeks.

Some patients who have had this procedure have been cured of their urinary incontinence; others have improved to the point where they don't use as many pads.

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