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.
- 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.
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