What are possible complications of sling and tape procedures?

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In all sling procedures for urinary incontinence, it is important that patients follow postoperative instructions to avoid excessive activity, such as lifting or exercise, after the sling is in place for approximately 4 weeks. After the surgery, there is a possibility that the sling will push too hard against the urethra (the tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body), blocking the flow of urine. If this occurs, a second, minor surgery may be necessary to loosen up the sling. Some people develop symptoms of urinary urgency (even if this was never a problem previously) that can usually be controlled with medication, bladder training, or Kegel exercises (exercises for the pelvic floor muscles). Seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist for this problem can be very helpful. Your healthcare provider can refer you.

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