Patients should not lift heavy objects or partake in strenuous activity for up to six weeks after bladder sling surgery. While most patients are released from the hospital the same day, proper measures must be taken at home to ensure infections do not occur, states the Encyclopedia of Surgery.
Normal meals can be eaten the evening of the surgery, and patients are typically walking without much discomfort the same day. Though the catheter can be removed, self-catheterization must continue for approximately eight weeks. It is imperative that the catheters are properly sterile as to avoid infection. The fascial sling used in the surgery is preferred over a synthetic one, as some patients have a sensitivity to inflammation with synthetic slings after surgery.