The following are general guidelines for routine discharge instructions following abdominal/vaginal surgery.  If these instructions do not answer your questions, or if you feel you have an emergency, please call the office to speak with your provider or to get connected to the on-call provider.

 

Pain:  You should expect to have pain in your abdomen and at your incision site for the next several weeks.  The pain medications prescribed to you for discharge should relieve the majority of your pain, but you should expect some generalized discomfort which improves daily.

 

Activity:  Please limit your activity over the next two weeks.   Avoid lifting anything over 20 lbs and limit household duties until your follow-up appointment in the office.  You may gradually increase your activity as your pain improves, but remember that total healing time from surgery typically is six weeks.

 

If you have had any bladder surgery performed, including incontinence procedures, please follow the specific instructions given to you by your doctor.  Until you have had your follow up visit in the office, put nothing inside your vagina – no tampons, douching or sexual intercourse.

 

Diet:  After surgery, it may take some time before your bowel habits regain their normal activity.  Pain medications, especially narcotics, will slow down your bowel function.  It is recommended that you eat a well-balanced diet and to avoid overly greasy and fatty foods as they may increase discomfort.

 

Bowel Habits:  Your first bowel movement following surgery may not occur for 3 to 4 days after surgery.  It is important to drink plenty of water and balance your diet to help avoid constipation.  If you feel constipated or have gas pain, you may take milk of magnesia or Dulcolax suppositories to help stimulate your bowels.  Both products are non-prescription.

 

Incision:  If you have had an abdominal surgery, your provider may have used staples or sutures to close your incision.  If you still have staples in place, please call the office to make arrangements for their removal.  Once your staples are removed, or if you have had sutures to close your incision, sterile strips will cover your incision.  Most of the strips will fall off on their own; however, if they have not fallen off in one week, please remove them.

 

In all cases, it is important for you to keep your incision clean and dry.  Gently wash your incision in the shower with a soft wash cloth and dry with a towel.

 

Bleeding:  If you had a hysterectomy or vaginal repair, you will experience some vaginal bleeding.  In a week or two this will turn into a yellowish discharge.  Your bleeding should be no heavier than a menstrual period.  If bleeding becomes heavier, please call the office.

 

Additional Concerns:  Please call the office if you have any of the following:

 

Fever greater than 100.4°

Pain not controlled by pain medications

Burning and frequency with urination

Following your Novasure endometrial ablation, you can expect to have mild cramping for the next 2 to 3 days.  Please take the pain medication prescribed to you by your provider. It is normal to have watery, bloody vaginal discharge for several weeks following your procedure. It may also take up to three months before your periods become lighter.  Do not panic if your first few periods are still heavy.

 

Please use pads, not tampons, until your follow-up appointment. You may resume all normal activities the day after your procedure.  Please refrain from sexual intercourse until your postoperative visit.

 

Please call the office for any of the following symptoms:

 

Fever greater than 100.4°

Vaginal bleeding that is heavy requiring you to change a pad every hour

Severe abdominal pain

Following your Essure procedure it is normal for you to experience mild cramping and some light vaginal bleeding or watery discharge.  This may last for 1 to 2 days.  Please do not place anything inside your vagina for the next week – no tampons, douching or sexual intercourse.

 

It is important for you to use a back-up method of birth control for the next 3 months until you have had confirmation of your tubal occlusion with your hysterosalpingogram (HSG).  Failure to use birth control during this time may result in pregnancy.

 

Please call the office for any of the following symptoms:

 

Fever greater than 100.4°

Vaginal bleeding that is heavy, requiring you to change a pad every hour

Severe abdominal pain

Following your laparoscopic surgery you will experience some mild abdominal pain.  You may also feel some discomfort or pain in your shoulder.  This is normal and related to referred pain from the surgery.  Please take the pain medications as prescribed by your provider.

 

Minimize your activities for the next 2 to 3 days.  Do not place anything in your vagina – no tampons, douching or sexual intercourse.  If you have bandages over your incision sites please remove them the following day.  The sterile strips that remain will likely fall off on their own.  If they do not, please remove them in one week.  Only take showers, not baths, for the next week.

 

Please call the office for any of the following

 

Fever greater than 100.4°

Vaginal bleeding that is heavy, requiring you to change a pad every hour

Severe abdominal pain

After your LEEP procedure you can expect to have mild cramping, some vaginal bleeding and brown vaginal discharge.  Please do not place anything inside your vagina – no tampons, douching or sexual intercourse for the next 4 weeks.  Avoid any strenuous exercise for the next two weeks.

 

Please call the office for any of the following symptoms:

 

Fever greater than 100.4°

Vaginal bleeding that is heavy, requiring you to change a pad every hour

Severe abdominal pain

Over the next several days you will likely have some mild cramping and vaginal bleeding.  Your bleeding should be no heavier than a normal menstrual period.  It will typically taper and stop after 10 to 14 days.  You should be able to resume your usual physical activities within 1 to 2 days.  Avoid using tampons, douching and having sexual intercourse until after your post-op appointment with your provider in 2 to 4 weeks.  Please take the medication prescribed to you by your provider as instructed.

 

Please call the office for any of the following symptoms:

 

Fever greater than 100.4°

Vaginal bleeding that is heavy, requiring you to change a pad every hour

Severe abdominal pain