Discharge Instructions for Gynecologic Surgery

You had gynecologic surgery. This sheet contains information about what you can and can’t do after your surgery. Remember, you need to take it easy.


  • Continue the coughing and deep breathing exercises that you learned in the hospital.

  • Limit your activity for 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 5 to10 pounds.

  • Avoid strenuous activities, such as mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or playing sports.

  • Limit your activity to short, slow walks. Gradually increase your pace and distance as you feel able.

  • Listen to your body. If an activity causes pain, stop.

  • Don’t drive until comfortable without taking narcotics. This may take up to 2 weeks. You may ride in a car for short trips.

  • Rest when you are tired.

  • Don’t have sexual intercourse or use tampons or douches until your doctor says it’s safe to do so.

Home care

  • Always keep your incision clean and dry.

  • Shower as needed. Wash your incision gently with mild soap and warm water and pat dry.

  • Check your temperature every day for 1 week(s) after your surgery.

  • Take your medication exactly as instructed by your doctor.

  • Return to your diet as you feel able. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

  • Avoid constipation.

    • Use laxatives, stool softeners, or enemas as directed by your doctor.

    • Eat more high-fiber foods.

    • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, unless directed otherwise.

Follow-up care

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.


When to call your doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever above 100.4°F  (38°C) or chills

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding or a foul-smelling discharge

  • Vaginal bleeding that soaks more than one sanitary pad per hour

  • Trouble urinating or burning sensation when you urinate

  • Severe abdominal pain or bloating

  • Redness, swelling, or drainage at your incision site

  • Shortness of breath or chest pain

  • Nausea and vomiting


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