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Post Operative Instructions for surgeries/procedures - [view PDF]

Pain Following Abdominal Surgery

It is common to have generalized aches, pains and soreness for 1 to 3 weeks after surgery, especially around your abdomen and pelvis. Recovery time can be from 4 to 6 weeks depending on the extent of surgery. You may experience gas pain, bloating and constipation for approximately two weeks after surgery.

Pain Following Vaginal Procedures

Menstrual type cramps and pain in the pelvis are normal after D&C, LEEP or cone biopsy.

All Surgeries/Procedures

You may also have a sore throat from anesthesia. If your surgery or procedure requires it, you will be given a prescription pain medication before you are discharged home.

Vaginal Bleeding

You may notice a bloody vaginal discharge for several weeks after surgery. You may use pads, but do not douche or use tampons.

Diet

Drink plenty of liquids and eat lightly for the first two days after surgery. Avoid spicy or greasy foods. If you experience nausea or vomiting, resume clear liquids until these symptoms subside.

Activity

Rest for the first day after your surgery. You may shower normally and gradually return to normal activities. Avoid heavy lifting for 6 weeks following surgery. You may drive when you no longer require pain medication. Following surgery, you must postpone intercourse for 4 weeks. For D&C, LEEP or cone biopsies, intercourse is permissible three weeks after surgery or once your bleeding has stopped.

Follow Up

Your first post-operative visit should be one week after discharge from the hospital with our physician assistant. Two weeks after surgery, you should follow up with the physician.
Please call the office at (631) 376-0055 to schedule your appointments.

Problems

Call the office if you develop fever greater than 100.4, excessive vaginal bleeding (i.e. soaking more than one pad an hour), excessive pain, pus or marked redness of any wounds, problems with urination, or persistent nausea or vomiting, or any other concerns.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OUR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS. IT IS ALWAYS OUR PLEASURE TO BE OF ASSISTANCE.

 

 

 

 

 

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