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Colpopexy surgery (vaginal, laparoscopic or abdominal)

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane

The largest of Mater Health Services' private facilities, Mater Private Hospital Brisbane is a flagship for the level of care and facilities our organisation strives to provide.

The tertiary, acute facility is built on a foundation of clinical excellence and a commitment to safe, compassionate care, that is:

  • quality focused
  • technologically advanced
  • customised to patients' needs and lifestyle.

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane is an outstanding health care provider with a total of 323 patient beds, ten operating theatres, a 24-hour private emergency service, preadmission clinic, CardioVascular Unit, Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units, Breast Cancer Centre and Day Procedure Unit.

All rooms and facilities are designed to offer comfort and privacy, complete with a range of modern, air-conditioned accommodation.

While in hospital, patients also have access to allied health (e.g. dietitians, physiotherapists), pharmacy, hairdressing and chaplaincy services.

For more information about Mater Private Hospital Brisbane, please call 07 3163 1111.

Visiting hours

8 am to 8 pm (patient rest period 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm)

Our Mission

In the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, Mater Health Services offers compassionate service to the sick and needy, promotes an holistic approach to health care in response to changing community needs and fosters high standards in health-related education and research.

Following the example of Christ the Healer, we commit ourselves to offering these services to all without discrimination.

Our Values

  • Mercy—the spirit of responding to one another
  • Dignity—the spirit of humanity, respecting the worth of each person
  • Care—the spirit of compassion
  • Commitment—the spirit of integrity
  • Quality—the spirit of professionalism

At the Mater Private Hospital Brisbane, we acknowledge that having an operation can be a very stressful experience. In keeping with our Mission to offer compassionate, quality care that promotes dignity whilst responding to patients' needs, this booklet aims to alleviate some of your concerns. It explains the general day to day events that may occur during your visit and the things to expect when you are discharged from the hospital.

It is, however, only a guideline as each person may require differing treatments.

If you have any questions about your treatment please speak to your doctor or nurse.

Our pastoral care team also offers a caring support network to all patients. The dedicated members of this team are available at your request.

Our expectations

We expect that you will stay in hospital for three to five days or until you have achieved the following:

  1. you are able to maintain an adequate oral intake
  2. you will be able to pass urine normally or successfully self catheterise
  3. your pain is controlled with oral analgesia (pain medication).
  4. you are mobilising to the same level as you were prior to your admission
  5. your wound (if applicable) is healing well with no signs of infection.

Preadmission clinic

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane provides a preadmission service. You will receive this service in any of the following ways:

  • from the specialty clinic to the preadmission clinic
  • at the preadmission clinic
  • via a phone call.

The preadmission service gathers information, initiates investigations to prepare you for your surgery, provides information regarding your specific operation and identifies your discharge needs.

Day of admission/surgery

Before coming to hospital please ensure that you have:

  • had nothing to eat or drink as per the instructions given to you by the preadmission clinic or your doctor
  • showered and dressed in clean clothes. No skin products are to be used following your shower (e.g. deodorant, perfume, body lotion, powder, make up)
  • left your valuables at home. You may wear your wedding band only
  • brought the following with you:
    • your X-rays
    • your operation consent form
    • your medications in their labelled containers or packets.

On your arrival to the hospital please report to the reception desk on level 6 of the hospital where you will be directed to the Welcome Lounge/Day Procedure Unit. Only one relative/visitor is permitted within the clinical areas of the Welcome Lounge.

Our Welcome Lounge staff will:

  • apply an identification band
  • complete your nursing assessment form
  • take your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and weight
  • clip your vaginal or supra pubic area if required
  • ask you to change into a theatre gown and paper pants
  • apply anti-embolic stockings. These assist with blood flow through your legs and decrease the risk of blood clot formation while you have decreased mobility
  • take details of any family member who would like to speak to the surgeon after the operation (preferably a mobile phone number)
  • complete your preoperative checklist.

You may walk around as much as you like but please do not leave the Welcome Lounge. Your surgeon may visit with you prior to your surgery, either in the Welcome Lounge/Day Unit or in the preoperative holding area.

You will be transferred to the operating theatre on a wheelchair or on your bed if you have received a premedication.

Your luggage will be delivered to the ward where it will be stored in a locked room until after you have returned from theatre.

After your surgery

  • Immediately following your surgery you will be transferred to the recovery room where you will be observed closely until you are more awake.
  • It is common to need oxygen which will be given via a face mask.
  • When you have recovered sufficiently from the anaesthetic you will be returned to your room in the postoperative ward. The nurses will take vital signs—your pulse, respiration rate, temperature, blood pressure and check your wound (if applicable) and vaginal discharge regularly.
  • You will have a vaginal pack in place which is usually removed the day after your surgery.
  • A urinary catheter will be in place to drain urine from your bladder.
  • Your doctor will order pain relief and anti-nausea medications for you. Please tell your nurse if you have any pain or nausea, so these symptoms can be managed.
  • Following your operation you will be offered ice to suck or water to sip. After a few hours you can begin to eat and drink as you are able. Intravenous fluids (a drip) will be administered until you are able to eat and drink.
  • When you are feeling more awake your nurse will assist you to have a wash and change into your own bed clothes.
  • Your physiotherapist will visit the day following surgery to explain exercises that will help with your postoperative recovery.
  • It is important that you begin your breathing and leg exercises. These help prevent complications such as chest infections and blood clots in your legs and should be carried out every hour that you are awake and while on bed rest.

Breathing exercises: Take five long and slow deep breaths. Each breath should be deeper than the previous breath. Think about getting the air to the very bottom of your lungs.

Circulation exercises: Firmly move your ankles up and down to stretch and contract your calf muscles.

Postoperative phase—days one to three


The day following your surgery you will be assisted to mobilise by the nursing staff and/or your physiotherapist. By the second day after your surgery you should be able to mobilise independently. It is important to move around in order to maintain good circulation and prevent complications. It is also advisable to plan quiet afternoons and rest. We suggest you limit your visitors.


The day following your surgery you will be assisted to shower by the nursing staff. By the second day after your surgery you should be able to shower independently.


You will be able to eat a normal diet as you feel able.


You will need to continue wearing the anti-embolic stockings for the duration of your stay in hospital and at home until the seventh day after your surgery. The vaginal pack is usually removed the day following your surgery.


Your dressings will be removed when instructed by your surgeon. Once the dressings have been removed wash your wound with soapy water and pat dry.


Your vital signs, wound (if applicable) and vaginal discharge will be checked regularly.


Your IV drip should be removed the day following your surgery. It will only remain in place longer if you are not tolerating an adequate oral intake or if medications are required intravenously. Please tell your nurse if you have any pain or nausea, so these symptoms can be managed. If requested by your doctor you will be taught to self administer an anti coagulant injection which you may require to continue at home.


Your urinary catheter will remain in place until the second day after your surgery. After the catheter has been removed nursing staff will request that you notify them each time you pass urine. The amount of urine passed will be measured and the nurse will then scan your bladder with an ultrasound device. This process is referred to as a "trial of void" and will identify if you are emptying your bladder properly.

In a very small number of cases patients are unable to pass urine spontaneously or empty their bladder sufficiently. If this occurs you will be taught to self-catheterise. This involves passing a thin tube into the bladder to drain the urine. This will only be required for a short time until your bladder function returns to normal. It is important to avoid straining when moving your bowels—you will be given regular medication to avoid constipation.


Your surgeon will visit daily to discuss your progress. A physiotherapist will visit you once during your stay to provide advice and information on pelvic floor and any other exercises required to assist your recovery

Day of discharge—day four or five

  • Discharge time from the hospital is 10 am.
  • A discharge summary form will be discussed and provided.
  • Your own medications will be returned to you and any new ones supplied.
  • Your X-rays will be returned to you.
  • Your postoperative appointment will be discussed—this should be four to six weeks after your surgery.

What to expect after you go home

Pain management

You may require some pain relief for deep vaginal pain as ordered by your surgeon for up to one month.

Wound management

You may have a small cut on either side of your groin near you vagina. These wounds may be washed gently in the shower and left uncovered.


For the first two weeks after your surgery it is important that you do nothing and avoid straining. After this and for up to six weeks following your surgery you can start to walk and do gentle exercises. Aim to increase your activity as you feel comfortable.

Refer to the information provided by your physiotherapist for further advice on suitable exercises.

Continue to wear the anti embolic stockings until one week after your surgery.

Sexual intercourse and inserting anything into the vagina (such as tampons etc.) should be avoided until after your follow up appointment with your surgeon.


You should aim to drink between six to eight glasses of fluid per day—at least half of this should be water. This promotes good bladder and bowel function. Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet will also aid your recovery.


You can usually resume driving about two weeks following surgery provided you are able to apply the brake heavily in an emergency and are able to comfortably steer and turn from side to side to check traffic. It is advisable to contact your car insurance company to find out when you are covered to drive again.

It is important to notify your surgeon if:

  • you notice any discharge from your wound or if it becomes red or inflamed
  • you develop a fever (temperature above 38 degrees Celsius)
  • you are bleeding vaginally heavier than a normal period
  • you have pain that is not relieved by simple analgesia.

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane

301 Vulture Street, South Brisbane Q 4101
Telephone: 07 3163 2590

South Brisbane campus

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Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-460000
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 19/1/2017
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