All surgeries have a risk of complications, and often the original surgeon is the best person to address a complication. At other times, optimal management of complications requires specialized diagnostic and imaging techniques and expanded surgical skills, supported by interdisciplinary therapy. Whether you have a recurrence of your pelvic floor symptoms, or new symptoms, the Pelvic Floor Surgery Rehabilitation Program is a unique resource in British Columbia that offers access to a multi-disciplinary approach to pelvic floor surgical complications.
Some surgical treatments for stress urinary incontinence and prolapse use surgical mesh that can result in specific types of complications. At the Pelvic Floor Surgery Rehabilitation Program, we are experienced in dealing with all surgical complications, including those related to surgical mesh.
We employ an evidence-based methodology to surgical complications that balances alleviating your problems without creating new ones. We offer compassionate patient centred care that addresses the surgical complication as well as how it impacts your life. This multi-disciplinary care is supported by a full range of diagnostic testing and imaging, often unavailable in other parts of the Province. Our surgeons have more than 10 years of experience and are published experts on the management of surgical complications. But surgical rehabilitation goes beyond surgical correction, which is why we offer access to ancillary rehabilitation services as well.
How do you know if you have surgical complications?
If you have new or persistent symptoms since your surgery, then you may be suffering from a complication. Many of these are short lived and will resolve with recuperation from surgery. If your symptoms do not improve, then you may want to pursue an evaluation.
If you have been diagnosed
If you have new or persistent symptoms after surgery, you should begin by speaking to your surgeon about the symptoms. If these symptoms persist or your surgeon feels that they are not the best person to treat them, then the Pelvic Floor Surgery Rehabilitation Program may provide an alternative. We offer a multi-disciplinary approach based on scientific evidence to manage surgical complications. Our program has access to necessary imaging and diagnostic modalities to properly diagnose complications, which is the first step to successful management. We also have access to pain specialists and physiotherapists who are part of the treatment team. Lastly, we have years of experience in managing these complications.