How You Might Feel After Your Operation

  • The anaesthetic may cause you to feel nauseated, dizzy or sleepy for 24 hrs
  • You may have a slight temperature for 2 days
  • You can expect a small amount of vaginal bleeding that will become light within 24 hours and gradually disappear
  • You can expect to have some abdominal discomfort

Hygiene

  • Use sanitary pads only and change regularly- no tampons
  • You may shower or bathe (preferably shower)
  • Do not douche or use feminine hygiene sprays
  • Wipe from front to back after urinating or having a bowel movement
  • Use cotton underwear and avoid tight clothing

Pain and Medication

  • You may use a heating pad or hot water bottle to relieve abdominal discomfort if it occurs
  • A non-prescription pain reliever should be taken for abdominal discomfort, or medication which has been prescribed by your doctor.
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice on resuming your usual medications

Nutrition

  • Eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup and Jell-O®
  • After that you may resume your normal diet
  • If diabetic, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet and medication

Activity and Exercise

  • For the first 24 hours after your surgery, do not drive, operate heavy equipment, drink alcohol, smoke or make important decisions
  • Arrange for someone to be with you the first night at home
  • Some fatigue can be expected for a few days after your operation
  • You can slowly return to your normal activities within 2-3 days
  • Refrain from sexual intercourse until discussed with your surgeon
  • Minimal activity for 2-3 days

Follow-Up Care

  • Call your surgeon’s office to arrange a follow-up appointment.

You need to contact your doctor if you have:

  • A fever that persists after 2 days;
  • Increased vaginal flow with bright red bleeding or if you are passing large clots;
  • Foul smelling vaginal drainage;
  • Burning and pain with passing urine;
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea that persists after 24 hours;
  • Severe abdominal pain and cramping unrelieved by pain medications or other measures.
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.
 
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