Individuals recovering from a bladder sling procedure should avoid performing demanding activities and take steps to avoid constipation, according to WebMD. Patients are discharged within two or three days of the procedure, and recovery time may last anywhere from two and four weeks.
Bladder and urethral slings are used to treat urinary incontinence in women, a disorder that hinders control over the release of urine, states WebMD. The sling, typically made of tissue from the woman or an animal, lifts the displaced urethra by wrapping around it. This action also prevents urine retention by applying constant pressure to the urethra.
While the patient is in the hospital, a catheter is inserted into the bladder to allow urine to flow freely without strain, according to WebMD. During the recovery period at home, most women experience pain in the abdomen as well as in the incision area, but this pain may be resolved with pain medication prescribed by a physician following the surgery.
Constipation is a common issue experienced by most women following this surgery, reports WebMD. A diet high in fiber should be followed and plenty of fluids consumed during the recovery period. A fiber supplement may be necessary to encourage bowel movements.