During pelvic floor reconstruction surgery, there are potential risks and complications to be aware of. These can include adverse reactions to anaesthesia, excessive bleeding, the possibility of infection, and the risk of developing blood clots. Antibiotics are administered both during and after the operation, this can help to minimise the risk of infection.
The recovery period after pelvic floor reconstruction takes around 3 months. During this period, you should avoid any task that puts pressure on the repair, including lifting, straining, vigorous exercise, coughing, and constipation. It is recommended to take at least 6 weeks off from work, but this depends on the type of role you have.
After your surgery, you may experience cramping or pressure in your pelvic area. Most patients experience this pain for about 2 weeks, however, it may last up to 6 weeks. If your surgery included an abdominal incision, you can expect to feel some slight pain or discomfort around the incision area as it heals.