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One or two small incisions will be made in the abdominal wall and vagina. A sling will be placed under the urethra and stitched into place. The sling can be made out of a synthetic material or tissue from your own body.
Immediately After Procedure
After surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery room. You will most likely have a catheter in place to drain your urine.
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will block pain during the surgery. After surgery, you may experience some pain or soreness. You will be given
to relieve the discomfort.
Average Hospital Stay
You may be sent home the same day.
At the Hospital
At first, your urine may look bloody. This will resolve over time.
When you are able to empty your bladder completely, the catheter will be removed. You may be asked to get up and walk around.
Certain steps will allow healing to take place. General steps include:
Avoid lifting and strenuous exercise for six weeks after surgery.
Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
Ask your doctor when it will be safe to have sex or use tampons.
To help ensure a smooth recovery, follow your doctor's
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