Short term post operative care following continence surgery


What to expect

You can expect some discomfort or tenderness around the site of your surgery. This should be relieved with oral analgesia.

When you pass urine you may feel a stinging or discomfort. This should be relieved within a few days time. Again try oral analgesia if you experience discomfort.

What to do

  • Take oral analgesia as directed for pain or discomfort.
  • Avoid constipation and straining. Please take your Movicol as advised by Professor Maher.
  • Continue with gentle mobilisation when at home and increase activitiy as your comfort level indicates.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercising for 4 weeks.
  • No driving for 2 weeks.
  • Return to work 2-4 weeks depending on type of work.
  • Sex when comfortable usually 4-6 weeks.

When to notify your doctor

  • If your pain level increases and does not settle with oral analgesia.
  • If you have a fever.
  • If you experience an offensive vaginal discharge.
  • If you are unable to pass urine and/or have bladder distension/or discomfort.
  • Make an appointment to see Professor Maher in 6 weeks past surgery.

Disclaimer: this information is intended as a guideline only and reflects the consensus of the author/s, at the time of publication. The sources used are believed to be reliable and in no way replace consultation with a health professional.