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.

Activity

  • 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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