Post-Op Instructions

Post-Op Instructions

For patients having only Hysteroscopy:

  1. This procedure has no incision. Therefore, as soon as the effects of anesthesia are no longer there, you can return to normal activities. This includes exercise, driving, working, and traveling. You can shower each day.
  2. Since the cervix is dilated, you need to try to avoid infection. Therefore, there is no douching, tampon, sexual intercourse, swimming, or tub soaks for 2 weeks after this procedure.
  3. There may be some light vaginal bleeding and mild cramps. This should resolve within days to a week.
  4. The cramping should be mild and you should not require anything more than an Advil or Tylenol.

Please call the doctor for heavy bleeding, severe pain, fever of 101°F, vomiting, or abdominal distention.

Please call our office (207-883-3883) for a postoperative appointment in 2 weeks.

For patients having Laparoscopy, with or without Hysteroscopy:

  1. This procedure has 3 or 4 small (usually 5mm) incisions.
  2. When you arrive home, you can go up and down stairs. Initially, you will be tired and sore, so you will pick and choose your trips up and down the stairs. The band-aids are removed in the morning of the 1st day after surgery. The band-aids are not replaced. Under the band-aids there are clear steri strips. The steri-strips will stay on till the postoperative visit. If the steri strips fall out before the postoperative visit, it is no problem.
  3. You can shower each morning, starting in the morning of the 1st day following surgery. You do not wash the incisions, but it is fine to let the incisions get wet. Gently blot dry with a towel. You should wear loose stretchy clothing position so that it does not rub against an incision.
  4. There is no douching, tampon, sexual intercourse, swimming, or tub soaks for 2 weeks after this procedure.
  5. There is no lifting more than 15 pounds, no heavy exertion, and no abdominal exercise for 2 weeks after this procedure.
  6. There may be some light bleeding, small clots, mild cramps, some incision discomfort, and shoulder pain. These discomforts should gradually resolve and you should feel progressively better over time.
  7. Advil/Ibuprofen/Motrin/Aleve and Tylenol are the primary pain medications. The Advil and Tylenol work differently so they are safe to use together and these 2 types of medications used together give better pain relief that either medication used alone. Every 4 hours you can have 1 or 2 tablets of Advil and Tylenol, as needed for pain. As a back-up you will be prescribed a more potent pain medication, such as Vicodin/Lortab, 1 tablet every 4 hours as needed for pain. Pain medications such as this can be upsetting to the stomach and can cause constipation. Therefore, if you use too much pain medication it will slow your recovery from surgery. The sooner you can get by with only Advil and Tylenol, the smoother your recovery will be.
  8. It costs a lot of energy to heal after any procedure. It is important to get a lot of rest. It is also important to be up walking 4 times per day. Walking will help in several ways: 
  • It will avoid lung infections;
  • It will avoid blood clots in the legs;
  • It will help the bowels wake up; and
  • If you walk, then every day you will be less tender and feel better.

Please call the doctor for heavy bleeding, severe pain, fever of 101ºF, vomiting, or abdominal distention.

Please call our office (207-883-3883) for a postoperative appointment in 2 weeks.

If you're ready to get started, or if you have any questions, please call the office at (207) 883-3883 or send us a message, we'd love to hear from you.

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