Risks, Side Effects and Complications of the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)

1) Pain after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)

  • shutterstock_97960106bullet_tickPain around the surgical wound may be experienced 1-2 days after your surgery, which will completely heal in one week. Take your pain medicines and anti-inflammatory drug as prescribed by Dr. Vitasna. You should refrain from working because it may cause bruising. In case of swelling and severe pain at surgical area, please do not hesitate to come to see Dr. Vitasna.

2) Urinary frequency or difficulty in urination after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)

  • bullet_tickUrinary frequency or difficulty in urination may be noted due to the surgery of the anterior vaginal wall which affects the urethra. As a result of the difficulty in urination after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling), you may be catheterized for 1-2 days after the surgery.
  • bullet_tickAfter the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling), you may sometimes experience increase in urinary frequency, slow urinary flow and/or longer time of urination (compared with before the surgery).

3) Abnormal bleeding after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)

  • bullet_tickAfter the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling), abnormal bleeding is very seldom noted with less than 1 % of surgeries. Hematoma may possibly be caused by walking and other activities. Aspirin and other anti-coagulant drugs should be avoided at least 10 days before and after the scheduled surgery.
  • bullet_tickIf excessive bleeding from the surgical wound occurs after Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling), all expenses for services and treatment for this post-surgical complication will no longer be charged to you. However, if the bleeding or other complications occur due to your non-compliance with the physician’s orders, you will be charged accordingly.

4) Abnormal Vaginal discharge after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)

  • bullet_tickYou may experience may have abnormal vaginal discharge, green-yellowish discharge after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling), because the vagina is full of secretion fluid and various kinds of bacteria, causing reaction to the surgical wound and suture. In case of smelly vaginal discharge, you have to take additional medications.
  • bullet_tickYou may have itching or curd like discharge as a result of vaginal fungal infection, possibly following taking antibiotic to avoid postoperative infection, and needing oral anti-fungal medication or suppository.

5) Inflammation or Infection after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)

  • bullet_tickYou may experience inflammation or infection, because the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling) is performed around the area of the vaginal opening near urinary and alimentary (fecal) tracts, and the surgical wound has a constant contact with vaginal secretion ( fluid ) and vaginal bacteria that can cause the complications.
  • bullet_tickMostly inflammation or infection after the  Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling) occurs in the woman who has vaginal bacterial infection before the surgery. If you have vaginal bacterial infection, the antibiotics should be given to you before the surgery.
  • bullet_tickInflammation or infection after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling) may cause complications, wound deformation, suture mark (scar) or wound tearing which leads to abnormal vaginal bleeding. In case of the vaginal scar located at the G-Spot may interrupt the sexual gratification.

6) Other complications after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)

  • bullet_tickIn case of the MiniArc Sling tape moving from the middle urethra which affects the surgical result and the post-operative difficulty in urination, a corrective surgery may be needed–this mostly happens in other cases done with other surgeries, such as Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair with Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling).
  • bullet_tickLeakage between urethra, bladder and vagina is theoretically considered a rare precaution. Nevertheless, if you have some vaginal fluid with urine-like smell, please inform Dr. Vitasna immediately for prompt diagnosis and treatment of such symptom.

7) Unsatisfactory results after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)

  • bullet_tickThe Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling) has limitations and cannot absolutely ensure results and satisfaction because there are many other factors influencing the surgical result and satisfaction.
  • bullet_tickIn case of unsatisfactory results, correction surgery may be performed as appropriate and possible. In this respect, you and the physician should come to discuss for the solution together.
  • bullet_tickIf correction surgery wound occurs from the complication of the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling), all expenses for services and treatment will no longer be charged to you. However, if the unsatisfactory results occur due to the complication from your non-compliance with the doctor’s orders, you will be charged accordingly.

Check-up: Dr. Vitasna usually requires you to come for a follow up check-up 1-2 weeks after the surgery. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.