Discharge Instructions for Incontinence Surgery
Your recovery at home will take some time. You will likely need
Avoid lifting or straining
Lifting or straining can damage your healing pelvic floor muscles.
For the first
6weeks after surgery, do not lift anything over 5pounds. This includes children, grocery bags, and briefcases. Also avoid pushing and pulling heavy items, such as a vacuum cleaner.
After the first
6weeks, you can start to lift heavier things. But don’t lift anything over 10 to 15pounds until your doctor says it’s OK.
While you heal, drink at least
8glasses of fluids each day. Eat foods high in fiber. This helps prevent constipation, which may lead to straining. Ask your doctor whether you should take laxatives.
Care for your incisions
Follow your doctor’s instructions to care for your incisions. Here are some guidelines:
Put nothing into your vagina for the first
6 to 8weeks. This includes tampons and douches.
You may have light vaginal bleeding or discharge for about a week. Use sanitary pads. Do not use tampons.
Take showers instead of baths. Getting into and out of the tub can strain an incision.
If Steri-Strips were used to close an incision, leave them in place for
1week(s). After that, you may wet and remove them.
Avoid having sex for
6 to 8weeks.
Follow any advice your doctor or other healthcare provider gives you to help you be active. This may include the following:
Take walks often to help your body heal and regain strength after surgery. Ask your doctor how often you should walk and for how long.
Do not lift weights, jog, or run until your doctor says that you can.
Ask your doctor whether you should avoid climbing stairs and, if so, for how long.
Don’t drive until your doctor says it’s OK and you are no longer taking prescription pain medications (about
Your return to work
You can return to work
When to seek medical care
Call your doctor if you have any of the following:
Pain that is severe or seems to be getting worse
100.4° F, ( 38.0°C) or chills
Heavy vaginal bleeding
Lots of blood in your urine
Swollen, very red, or tender incision
Vomiting that won’t stop
Shortness of breath
Symptoms of a bladder infection (fever, pain or burning feeling when urinating, needing to urinate but not being able to)