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Laparoscopic Burch Procedure


A laparoscopic Burch procedure is also known as urinary bladder suspension. This procedure is done to treat stress urinary incontinence and bladder prolapse.



  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. You may also need medicine to help prevent a bacterial infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or surgeon as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Do Kegel exercises. These exercises squeeze your pelvic floor muscles and help them become stronger. Ask when you should start doing these exercises.
  • Do not apply pressure on your abdomen. Do not strain, lift heavy objects, or stand for long periods of time. Do not perform strenuous exercises, such as running and weight lifting.
  • Do not stay in bed too long.

Foley catheter:

You may need to insert a Foley catheter yourself. A Foley catheter is a tube that is put into your bladder to drain urine into a bag. When the catheter is taken out, you can urinate on your own. Ask for more information about self-catheterization.

  • Do not pull on the catheter because this will cause pain or bleeding.
  • Do not kink the catheter because the urine will not be able to drain properly.
  • Do not lift the bag of urine above your waist. If the bag is too high, the urine will flow back into your bladder. This may cause an infection.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Contact your healthcare provider or surgeon if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have discharge or pain in the area where the urine catheter was inserted.
  • You are urinating less often than is normal for you.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You see blood in your urine or catheter.
  • You have pain when you have sex or when you urinate.
  • You have pain in your abdomen that does not go away even after you take pain medicine.
  • Your incisions have pus or a foul-smelling odor.

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