What are the risks of pelvic floor surgery?

Pelvic floor surgery is used to improve and correct several disorders such as incontinence, prostate cancer, uterine prolapse and rectal prolapse. Risks in pelvic floor surgery are actually quite rare. They can include infection, injury to the bladder, bowel, blood vessels and pelvic nerves mesh side effects, bleeding and recurrence of the prolapse. The most important factors in avoiding possible risks are educating yourself, being prepared and having a qualified surgeon.

Which procedure has the least risks?

RAL or robotic assisted laparoscopy has the least amount of risks compared to traditional open surgery. In traditional surgery large incisions are made and the connective tissues are folded like a fan using sutures that are absorbable. RAL, however, allows the surgeon to make minimal incisions and reattach prolapsed organs using permanent sutures or mesh materials.

What is robotic assisted laparoscopy (RAL)?

RAL is a surgical robotic system where the surgeon sits at a console that is linked to a unit of a camera arm and three surgical arms. The surgical arms are outfitted with specialized surgical instruments. With these arms colorectal surgeons are able to perform delicate procedures in the tight abdominal cavity with precision.

What are the benefits of RAL?

Patients that undergo RAL can enjoy the following benefits:

  • significantly lower surgical blood loss
  • less surgical complications
  • far less scarring after surgery
  • hospital stays of a few days compared to over a week
  • quicker return to daily activities, work and travel
  • better outcome for pelvic floor dysfunction

What can I do to lessen my chance of the risks involved with pelvic floor surgery?

As with all surgical procedures, it is vitally important to follow all of your physician’s instructions. Make sure that you keep taking all of your medications and that your doctor has your complete medical history. Prior to surgery take care to complete every test and study your physician asks you to. If you are a smoker, you should take this opportunity to quit. Follow all of the pre-op instructions given to you by your physician. It may also help to do pelvic floor exercises (PFE) known as Kegel exercises that can improve the tone and function of the muscles in the pelvic floor.

When should I call my doctor?

While the risk of developing any of the above mentioned complications is rare, please call your physician if you have any of the following: fever, foul smelling vaginal discharge, heavy bleeding, surgical wound becomes hot, painful or discharges, constant nausea and/or vomiting, severe pain and inability to empty your bladder or bowels.

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