Recovery Time for Bladder Surgery?

Updated on January 10, 2011
E.F. asks from Lexington, KY
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I'm having bladder surgery next week & I would love to hear about the recovery time or any advice you might have. I'm having a mid-urethral sling put in. It's an outpatient surgery. Any input on what to expect would be great! I'm quite nervous about the whole thing! Thank you so much!

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Thanks for all the input! It's been a month since the surgery & it has been wonderful! I did have a catheter for 3 days and that wasn't bad yet it was the worst part. I had no pain after a few days & the pain I had was pretty minimal. The improvement in my bladder/incontinence was immediate & 100%! I am so excited to be back to normal! I saw Dr Tchetgen at Uroloogy Associates of North Texas and would recommend her to anyone.

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answers from New London on

Your laproscopic surgery should not be that bad. You will have a couple of small puncture holes, one for the camera, one for the instruments. You should expect some slight bruising and tenderness at those sites. You should be able to take small amounts of pain medicine for any pain you experience. You should be out of commission for 2-3 weeks, so if you have anyone to help with your boys during that time, meals, housework and all. They will teach you to do self catheterizations after your foley catheter comes out. That is probably the worst part. It is easy once you get the hang of it. You will probably be on antibiotics so talk with your doctor about any drug allergies you have. The more you can do before the surgery to get your home in order, the better.
God bless you, and good luck.
I am a Labor and Delivery nurse, with some experience in women's services. I am married going on 10 years with 3 children.

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answers from Dallas on

I just had a partial hysterectomy and a bladder repair this summer. The recovey for the bladder repair was very straight-forward for me. My only piece of advise is to be patient while your bladder is "re-learning" its place. I had to not be in a hurry to urinate and to "wait it out" once the stream began. (Sorry for the bluntness; but, there's just no polite way to say it.) The bladder does begin to heal and perform appropriately. At my one month check-up, things were better; but, not great! At my three month check-up, things were becoming great! I'm very glad I had the surgery and would do it again, if needed.

Good luck to you and remember to be paitient. You will get used to not looking for the nearest restroom very quickly! ;)

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answers from Dallas on

I had bladder suspension surgery about 5 years ago. I can tell you that for me it was a kind of grueling recovery. I went home with a catheter for ten days and I really couldn't do much of anything for that time frame by myself. I would highly recommend having a shower chair and I would also recommend finding a place to sleep that is VERY easy to get in and out of - mind you a bed that sits high is BAD! I was off work for 9 weeks and you ABSOLUTELY should follow the lifting restrictions to a tee. No vacuuming, etc. Listen to the doctor. Even though the recovery was long and hard it was the BEST surgery I ever had! I have absolutely NO regrets. My surgery was not done through laproscopy though. I had a incision a little bigger than a c-section incision for the type of bladder suspension surgery that I had.

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answers from Dallas on

I am going today for my check up after having this surgery done on Sept 7th. I had no problems whatsoever except for being really sore where my leg and groin meet for about 5 days. It was an outpatient surgery but but the dr had me stay overnight just to make sure everything was going to be ok. They took the cath out the next morning and I saw no difference in the flow of my urine or anything like the other ladies mentioned. No sexual intercourse for 4 weeks and no lifting of anything over 20lbs for 3 weeks. It was a walk in the park for me! Had the surgery on a Friday and was back to work on Monday.
Good luck on your surgery, you'll be glad that you did it!!

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answers from Salt Lake City on

I just had the surgery one week ago. I am worried that I may be having some side effects that are not normal. I still leek urine with no warning. I had the surgery done because I had problems if I jumped, ran, coughed or sneezed. NOT just standing around. Is this normal, will it get better or did the surgery not take????

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