Gyn Surgery After Care

Refer to this section in the next few weeks as needed. 

  • Rest as much as possible during the first 2 weeks after the procedure.
  • Avoid heavy lifting (anything > 10-20 lbs for 4 weeks)
  • You may walk as much as you tolerate (don’t push it the first 1-2 weeks)
  • You may do stairs as much as you tolerate (don’t push it the first 1-2 weeks)
  • You may shower or bathe as preferred.  No hot tubs or swimming pools for 4 weeks. 
  • You may resume normal diet right away (be mindful of constipation, which is common after surgery)
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily 
  • Constipation is very common and can increase pain.  Please see the Constipation Protocol
  • If you have an incision clean with soap and water
  • If you have an incision remove dressings after 24 hours.  Your incision does not need to be covered
  • If you have steri-strips on your incision, remove after 5-7 days.
  • If you had a bladder repair or urethral sling, please refer to Self-Catheterization instructions as needed
  • Nothing in the vagina for 6 weeks (tampons/intercourse/douche)
  • If you use vaginal Estrogen cream, you may resume after two weeks
  • Some vaginal bleeding may occur after surgery.  This should be light and improve weekly.
  • Alternate your narcotic and Motrin pain medicine so that you get a medicine every 4 hours, but each only every 8 hours.
  • As soon as possible, substitute Tylenol for the narcotic medicine, and wean off the narcotic medication.
  • Do not drive while taking narcotic pain medication.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking the narcotic pain medication.

Call Bradley Gynecology at 701-877-2022 for:

  • Persistent Nausea and Vomiting
  • Persistent Fever
  • Worsening of pain
  • Heavy or persistent vaginal bleeding

in addition:

  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Burning sensation with urination
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Redness or pus at any incision
  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • Persistent diarrhea