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