Discharge Instructions after Sub-urethral Sling

What to expect:

  • You can expect some discomfort or tenderness around the site of your surgery. This should be relieved with oral pain killers.
  • When you pass urine you may feel stinging or a burning discomfort. This should resolve within a few days. Again, try oral analgesia if you experience discomfort. A urine alkaliniser such as Ural (over the counter at the chemist)

What to do:

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Remove the dressing over the IV site approximately 2 hours after removal of your IV cannula.
  • Take oral analgesia as directed for pain or discomfort.
  • Avoid constipation and straining. Please take stool softeners or aperients as advised by your surgeon.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise for 4 weeks.
  • Do not drive for 2 weeks.
  • Return to work in 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of work that you do. Discuss with your surgeon if you are unsure.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse until you are comfortable – usually takes 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Make an appointment to see your surgeon in the timeframe advised.
  • Continue your normal diet unless directed.

When to notify your doctor:

  • If your pain level increases and is not relieved by oral analgesia.
  • If you have a fever.
  • If you experience an offensive smelling vaginal discharge.
  • If you are unable to pass urine and/or have bladder distension and/or discomfort.
  • Notify your GP if you have pain, discomfort, redness or swelling at the site of your IV cannula
  • Dr Stamatiou can be contacted at the following numbers: Office Hours on 07 3613 9774 and after-hours on 07 3503 6829.
  • If you are not able to contact your Dr Stamatiou after hours, please go to your nearest Emergency Centre.