Home Care Instructions
This handout gives you information about caring for yourself at home after your
surgery. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your nurse or doctor.
What is a suburethral sling?
You have noticed that you may leak urine when you cough, strain, or sneeze
(incontinence). As a result of pregnancy, childbirth, and/or aging the support for
your urethra has been lost. This surgery repairs the support and prevents urine
(a) Normal bladder support (b) Before surgery
Using mesh, a sling is placed under the
urine tube (urethra). This creates a
hammock effect that squeezes the urethra
shut when you cough, sneeze or strain.
(c) After surgery
What to Expect after Surgery
You will be able to go home
the day of surgery
It is normal to feel some pain in
the surgical site for 1 to 3
weeks. You will have pain
medicine prescribed for you.
Do not lift more than 10
pounds (1 gallon of milk) for
Do not drive a car while you
take prescription pain
You may resume sexual
activity after 6 weeks.
You may shower after 2 days,
but no tub baths.
When to Call the Doctor
Call your doctor or nurse if
You have difficulty urinating,
start urinating frequently in
small amounts, or cannot
Your urine becomes
bloodyand does not clear after
resting for about 30 minutes
and/or drinking 4 glasses of
fluids. A small amount of
bleeding is not unusual.
Your sites become red, warm,
swollen, or you develop
Your temperature is greater
than 100.5 θ F by mouth.
Gynecology Clinic, Monday to
Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Nights, weekend, and holidays, the
clinic number will give you the
paging operator. Ask for the
Gynecology resident on call. Give the
operator your name and phone
number with the area code. The
doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area please call:
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #7155.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 3/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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