After the MiniArc Sling for Stress Urinary incontinence

1) Post operative Processes of the MiniArc Sling 

After MiniArcbullet_tickAfter the MiniArc Sling surgery, you are assured to be well taken care of in a safe and professional way by our highly trained and educated staff. You will be monitored for 1-2 hours at recovery room. When you are conscious with no abnormal bleeding, able to urinate, and have reviewed the post-operative care instructions, Dr. Vitasna will allow you to return home.

bullet_tickNausea and vomiting may be experienced, as a side effect of the Intravenous (IV) Sedation Anesthesia, which is noted to be relieved as soon as its effect wears off.

 2) Post Operative Care Instructions at home after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling) 

bullet_tickAt home, you must take an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory drug, a laxative drug, and an acetaminophen. The antibiotic should be completely consumed according to schedule. 

bullet_tickWithin a day after the surgery, you should not take a shower, which may potentially cause infection –perhaps rub the body dry. 

bullet_tickAfter a day of the surgery, you can move around, but you should take a rest and refrain from usual activities. You are allowed to take a shower. You should clean the perineum area with soap daily, when you are taking a shower in the morning or before bedtime. You are not allowed to put anything to clean inside of the vagina.

bullet_tickWithin the first 1-2 days after the surgery, you should take a rest (refrain from work) and be still to enable the wound to heal faster, you should have little movement as possible to avoid wound disruption.

bullet_tickWithin the first 2 weeks after the surgery, cleaning the perineum area after urinary excretion may be done with sanitary wipes, and after fecal excretion done using water and toweling gently. You should try to avoid moisture around the surgical wound to keep the area dry to let it heal faster.

3) Things you should know after the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling) 

bullet_tickYou may experience light reddish bleeding out of the surgical wound in around 1-2 weeks after the surgery. Use sanitary pad to monitor the bleeding. In case of excessive bleeding or reddish blood clot, swollen wound and high fever, please contact the Center or come to see Dr. Vitasna for the surgical wound examination.

bullet_tickAfter the surgery, you may have all kinds of food, but should refrain from alcoholic drinks, pickled food, and smoking for about 2 weeks.

bullet_tickYou may have abnormal vaginal discharge, a green-yellowish discharge after the surgery, because the vagina is full of secretion fluid and various kinds of bacteria. This can cause reaction to the surgical wound and sutures. Complete absorption of the sutures will usually occur within 6-8 weeks. Green-yellowish discharge may also persist during this time.

bullet_tickItching or curd like discharge may be experienced as a result of vaginal fungal infection, possibly following the antibiotic treatment. In case of smelly vaginal discharge or vaginal fungal infection, additional medications may be prescribed.



Further reading about the MiniArc Sling

Risk and Complication of  the MiniArc Sling

FAQs about the Single Incision Sling (MiniArc Sling)



4) Recovery period after the MiniArc Sling

bullet_tickRecovery varies individually. You may return to work after 1- 2 days of the surgery. Dr. Vitasna will have a post-operative appointment with you within 1-2 weeks after the surgery, you should follow Dr. Vitasna’s appointment for follow up examination or treatment.

bullet_tickWithin the first 2 weeks after the surgery, tissues are beginning to produce and form new blood capillaries, and the surgical wound are expected to start healing. You may start your daily activities gradually.

bullet_tickAfter the first 2 weeks to 4 weeks after the surgery, the surgical wound is expected to heal appropriately, you may start your usual activities gradually. Strenuous physical activities should be limited.

bullet_tickAfter 4 weeks of the surgery, you may do your usual activities, relaxing exercises and lifting light weights are permitted. However, you should refrain from running, soaking in the bathtub, swimming, heavy lifting, cycling, other heavy activities, and sexual intercourse for 6-8 weeks after the surgery.

If you decide to have a consultation with Dr. Vitasna, please call or e-mail a member of staff to make an appointment date for the surgery. 

The rate of complications after the MiniArc Sling is low, especially when it is done by an experienced surgeon, and you carefully and religiously follow our post-operative policies. In the unlikely event of a post-op complication, you should immediately see Dr. Vitasna for early examination and treatment and prevent worsening of the complication.

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