December 14, 2018
Prolapse surgery recovery varies from patient to patient. It depends on your overall health and the severity of your condition. It also depends on the type of surgery you have. Open prolapse surgeries in which the surgical incision is through the abdomen will produce more trauma to the surgical site, thus leading to increased bleeding, pain, and scarring. This also normally leads to a longer hospital stay and recovery time before regular activity in your life can resume.
Prolapse surgery recovery for procedures that are less invasive, such as entering through a small incision in the vagina or laparoscopic prolapse surgeries, have a much faster recovery time. This is because the less cutting, the lower amount of blood loss and bruising. Most patients are able to go home the same day. Some patients may need to use a catheter for a few days to help with urination.
If you are planning on having more children, it would be best to wait because with each pregnancy, the muscle and tissue of the pelvic region continue to stretch and weaken, which can cause another prolapse.
Doctor will determine how long you stay in the hospital after prolapse surgery; some people can return to work after two weeks. Sexual intercourse, lifting heavy objects and intense exercise may restart six to eight weeks after the surgery. However, overworking your muscles by constantly lifting heavy things, gaining too much weight or additional pregnancies can reverse the bladder prolapse surgery. If you have had a sling or elevation device inserted, the added strain on the muscles can alter the effectiveness of the sling or device, causing you to have to undergo additional surgeries or treatment.
Prolapse surgery recovery can be expedited by following the post-operative instructions in order to achieve the best results. No matter where you live, Urology Specialists can help you with your condition.