A pelvic or vaginal sling is a sling that is made out of either biological or synthetic material. It can be crafted from tissue from your own body. It may also be made from donor tissue or tissue taken from a pig or cow.
It may also be constructed from synthetic mesh material. The type of sling used for your surgery will depend on factors like your surgeon’s preference and the availability of materials for the sling.
Pelvic sling surgery can be done either with you being awake or asleep. If you undergo general sedation, you will be put to sleep. If you opt for spinal sedation, you will be awake but will not have any sensation from the waist down during the operation.
During the operation, your surgeon will make a small incision above your pubic bone and inside of your vagina. The sling will then be inserted under your urethra and bladder neck. It will be connected to the tissues in your lower abdomen. The tissues will heal around and incorporate the sling within a matter of weeks.
The Benefits of Pelvic or Vaginal Sling Surgery
Pelvic or vaginal sling surgery today is relatively fast and simple from which to recover. Most operations are performed in less than 30 minutes. Most patients also only need to spend two to three hours recovering from the surgery in the hospital before they are allowed to go home to recuperate.
This type of surgery is also relatively risk-free and has few risks of complications. Most patients avoid post-surgical dangers like excessive pain and fever. The risks are lower when the slings are made out of biological rather than synthetic materials. Still, your surgeon will advise you to follow the post-surgical care instructions closely when you return home. These instructions ensure that you heal properly from the surgery and also avoid complications like bleeding and infection.
Pelvic or Vaginal Sling Recovery
When you return home to recuperate, you should spend the first 72 to 96 hours resting. You also may need to use catheters to empty your bladder for the first week after you come home. If you cannot empty your bladder successfully using catheters, your stitches may need to be loosened or adjusted. You should also avoid heavy lifting and straining for the first few weeks after the operation. Your doctor may allow you to return to work within one to two weeks as long as you show no signs of complications.