A person who has an artificial anal sphincter surgery or an artificial urinary sphincter surgery can expect a recovery time of 6 to 8 weeks, notes Surgery Encyclopedia. During this time, the person should not do heavy lifting or strenuous activity. When the healing process is complete, the patient is trained how to use the artificial anal sphincter pump or the urinary sphincter implant device.
When a patient suffers from fecal incontinence, there are two possible surgical procedures that might occur, according to REX UNC Health Care. Sphincter surgery is one and the other is sacral nerve stimulation.
An artificial urinary sphincter surgery is done to help cure urinary incontinence, notes Surgery Encyclopedia. It is only effective when severe stress incontinence is caused by sphincter inadequacy.