|What do I need to do prior
to the surgery?
You will need to meet with the Advanced Admission Preparation
department for lab work and x-rays. These tests could include blood
test, urine test, chest x-ray, and x-rays of your kidneys. You will
receive instructions for a bowel prep to do prior to your surgery.
You will not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight the
night before your surgery.
What risks or complications could occur?
The surgery may relieve some, but not all, of the symptoms caused
by pelvic support problems. In a few cases, symptoms may return. The
factors that caused you to have prolapsed in the first place can
lead to recurrence if not corrected. After surgery, you should
continue to not smoke, control your weight, avoid constipation, and
avoid activities, such as heavy lifting, that put pressure on these
If you are having abdominal surgery, you may be given an
anti-coagulant to help prevent blood clots. To help prevent
pneumonia, you will be shown how to do exercises such as coughing
and deep breathing.
What can I expect after the surgery?
After the surgery you will spend a few hours in the recovery
area. If abdominal surgery is done, you will be moved to your
hospital room where you may stay 2-4 days.
- You will have an IV for hydration and pain control.
- You will be able to take fluids by mouth after your bowel
- If abdominal surgery is done, your incision may be sutured or
- You will have had a catheter placed in your bladder during
surgery. Depending on your surgery, this will be kept in place
for 1-3 days and you may be taught to self-cath for a few days
- Your vagina may be smaller after surgery but not necessarily
- Bladder spasms can occur after surgery. You may be given
prescription for medication to help relieve these spasms.
- Discomfort may be relieved by sitz baths.
What should I expect during my home recovery?
Generally most women return to normal activity in a few weeks. It
is very important that you do not lift more than 20 pounds for 4-6
weeks after surgery. If you have had vaginal surgery, refrain
from sexual intercourse, using tampons, vaginal douching, tub baths,
public pools and hot tubs to aid healing.
You will need to make a follow-up appointment with the doctor 3-4
weeks after your surgery for a pelvic exam to check healing process.