- Activity – rest is extremely important following surgery, you may increase activity as you start feeling better. No driving before 1 week, vacuuming before 4 weeks, and no lifting greater than 15 pounds or strenuous exercise before 6 weeks.
- Appointment – you will be instructed by your physician as to when to return, generally it is 1-2 weeks following surgery and again 6 weeks post-op.
- Bathing – you may take a shower and/or wash your hair as desired. No swimming in lakes, community pools or hot tubs.
- Bowels – constipation may occur when taking pain medication and/or inactivity. Keep up your fluid intake which helps to keep from straining. If necessary you may take a mild over-the-counter laxative such as Senekot, Perdiem or Milk of Magnesia. If you are prone to constipation we suggest that you use a stool softener for the first 2 weeks.
- Diet – you may be nauseated on the day of surgery so we suggest liquid and bland food. You may return to a normal diet once the nausea has subsided.
- Douching – is not recommended and should NEVER be done within 4 weeks of surgery.
- Emotions – it is not uncommon to have some emotional “ups and downs” following a surgery. General anesthesia and the stress on your body from the surgery can be contributing factors. It is not unusual to feel like crying when you think there is no reason, this is normal.
- Incisions/Dressings – at times the physician may cover your incision with small pieces of tape (steri-strips) which are waterproof. They may curl or drop off after a few days to a week. You may remove them when this happens or within 4-7 days following surgery. Most stitches that are under the skin will dissolve and do not need to be removed. If there is surgical glue underneath a bandage or band-aid do not remove the bandage.
- Intercourse – no sex for 6 weeks following surgery.
- Pain – most times you will be given Motrin and a narcotic upon discharge from the hospital, along with instructions on how to take them. Motrin works best for healing and inflammation and the narcotic for deep severe pain. Pain is more difficult to control if allowed to go untreated. Patients generally have more pain in the evening before you go to bed. This could be an indication that you have overdone it that day.
- Vaginal discharge – a vaginal discharge and/or spotting is a normal part of the healing process and will last up to 2 weeks. If it is more than a normal period, call your doctor for further instructions. You may use a pad, do not use tampons!!
PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
- a fever greater than 101°
- severe lower abdominal pain
- heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding, (remember spotting is normal)
- redness or swelling of the incisio
- severe chest pain
- frequency or burning with urination or inability to urinate
- swelling or redness of the legs
- any other concerns
The doctors are available after hours and weekends for questions or concerns.
Please call the office number, 770-887-0559 and a recording will instruct you.