Women treated with this procedure have approximately a 60% rate of success in relieving symptoms. You should avoid activities that cause an increase in abdominal pressure, such as straining, sneezing, and coughing. Try to tighten your pelvic muscles when coughing or sneezing to support the bladder. You may need to urinate at least every 2 to 3 hours, or perform clean intermittent self catheterization (CISC), to keep your bladder from getting too full and putting pressure on the stitches. You should avoid any activities that require lifting or straining. You may need to take stool softeners or gentle laxatives to prevent constipation and straining with bowel movements.
Review Date 6/2/2014
Updated by: Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.