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how can i reduce internal swelling following a vaginal sling insertion, and how long is this swelling expected?

By Anonymous May 17, 2012 - 5:14pm
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Hello. On April 30, I had a vaginal sling implanted by a very reputable urologist. All went well, but since then, I've had A LOT of trouble voiding on my own, and I need to catheterize myself 3 times daily to empty my bladder. By the end of the workday, I am in "pain" from having a full bladder, and my back hurts sometimes. I am told that this is due to swelling internally, and it is very normal for this time. What I'd like to know is, Is there anything I can do to bring down the swelling? I have just started (3 days ago) taking the prescription Flomax. I'm seeing a bit of swelling in my feet and ankles, tho. I'd like to reduce this swelling inside my body so I can resume a normal likestyle. If this internal swelling IS normal, how long is it normal for? Any help you can give me would be appreciated. Thank You.

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Hello Anonymous,

There are two things in your question that concern me- the need to catheterize three times a day to empty your bladder and the swelling in your feet and ankles.

Retention of urine or the inability to urinate is one complication of this procedure. Flomax is in a class of medications called alpha blockers. It works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder so that urine can flow easily. This should help, but it may take several weeks.

It is normal to have swelling following surgery. Your urologist can best tell you just how long it will take for the swelling to resolve, but I think at least a month.

Though it is necessary for you to catheterize, each time you do so, you are irritating the urethra, which connects the bladder to the outside of the body. This adds to the swelling.

Please mention the swelling in your feet and ankles to your urologist.


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