1. Following your procedure you may have vaginal discharge that is bloody or resembles coffee grounds. This is normal and results from the medication applied to the cervix. The medication may discharge as “clumps”. This is not unusual and should subside over the next few days.
  2. Do not put anything in the vagina for the next 3-5 days: no douches, tampons or sexual intercourse, as bleeding may occur.
  3. You will be notified of your biopsy results in about a week. If you do not hear from our office within 2 weeks, please contact us for the pathology report.
  4. Please call our office if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Bleeding heavier than a menstrual period
  • Severe cramping
  • Fever over 101 degrees, shaking and/or chills
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Any other symptoms of concern
  1. Following your procedure you may have mild pelvic cramping and vaginal discharge that is bloody or watery. This is not unusual and should subside over the next few days. Pain medication will be prescribed. You may take Ibuprofen 600 mg every 6 hours as needed for discomfort. A heating pad or hot water bottle can be placed on your lower abdomen to ease discomfort, as well.
  2. Do not put anything in the vagina until discharge resolves: no douches, tampons or sexual intercourse, as bleeding may occur.
  3. Please call our office if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Bleeding heavier than a menstrual period
  • Severe cramping
  • Fever over 101 degrees, shaking and/or chills
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Any other symptoms of concern
  1. You may resume a regular diet.
  2. You may return to work 24 hours after the procedure.
  1. Following your procedure you may have vaginal discharge that is bloody or watery. This is not unusual and should subside over the next few days.
  2. Do not put anything in the vagina for the next 2-3 weeks: no douches, tampons or sexual intercourse, as bleeding may occur.
  3. Please call our office if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Bleeding heavier than a menstrual period
  • Severe cramping
  • Fever over 101 degrees, shaking and/or chills
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Any other symptoms of concern
  1. You may resume a regular diet.
  2. You may return to work 24 hours after the procedure.
  3. You MUST use another form of contraception for at least 3 months until you have a hysterosalpingogram to ensure your tubes have been blocked.

The following are general guidelines for routine discharge instructions following abdominal/vaginal surgery. If these instructions do not answer your questions, or if you feel you have an emergency, please call the office to speak with your provider or get connected to the on-call provider.

Pain: You should expect to have pain in your abdomen and at your incision site for the next several weeks. The pain medications prescribed to you for discharge should relieve the majority of your pain, but you should expect some generalized discomfort which improves daily.

Activity: Please limit your activity over the next two weeks. Avoid lifting anything over 20 lbs. and limit household duties until your follow-up appointment in the office. You may gradually increase your activity as your pain improves, but remember that total healing time from surgery typically is six weeks.

If you have had any bladder surgery performed, including incontinence procedures, please follow the specific instructions given to you by your doctor. Until you have had your follow up visit in the office, put nothing inside your vagina-no tampons, douching or sexual intercourse.

Diet: After surgery, it may take some time before your bowel habits regain their normal activity. Pain medications, especially narcotics, will slow down your bowel function. It is recommended that you eat a well-balanced diet and to avoid overly greasy and fatty foods as they may increase discomfort.

Bowel Habits: Your first bowel movement following surgery may not occur for 3 to 4 days after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of water and balance your diet to help avoid constipation. If you feel constipated or have gas pain, you may take milk of magnesia or Dulcolax suppositories to help stimulate your bowels. Both products are non-prescription.

Incision: If you have had an abdominal surgery, your provider may have used staples or sutures to close your incision. If you still have staples in place, please call the office to make arrangements for their removal in one week.

In all cases, it is important for you to keep your incision clean and dry. Gently wash your incision in the shower with a soft wash cloth and dry with a towel.

Bleeding: If you had a hysterectomy or vaginal repair, you will experience some vaginal bleeding. In a week or two this will turn into a yellowish/brownish discharge. Your bleeding should be no heavier than a menstrual period. If your bleeding becomes heavier, please call the office.

Laparoscopic Surgery: Following your laparoscopic surgery you will experience some mild abdominal pain. You may also feel some discomfort or pain in your shoulder. This is normal and related to referred pain from the surgery. Please take the pain medications as prescribed by your provider.

Minimize your activities for the next 2 to 3 days. Do not place anything in your vagina-no tampons, douching or sexual intercourse. If you have bandages over your incision sites, please remove them the following day.

Additional Concerns: Please call the office if you have any of the following:

  • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees
  • Pain not controlled by pain medications
  • Burning and frequency with urination
  • Vaginal bleeding that is heavy, requiring you to change a pad every hour.
  • -Severe abdominal pain

 

    1. Following your procedure you may have mild pelvic cramping and vaginal discharge that is bloody or watery. This is not unusual and should subside over the next few days.
    2. Do not put anything in the vagina for the next 2-3 weeks: no douches, tampons or sexual intercourse, as bleeding may occur.
    3. You will be notified of your biopsy results in about a week. If you do not hear from our office within 2 weeks, please contact us for the pathology report.
    4. You may return to work the day after your procedure.
    5. Please call our office if you have any of the following symptoms:
    • Bleeding heavier than a menstrual period
    • Severe cramping
    • Fever over 101 degrees, shaking and/or chills
    • Foul smelling discharge
    • Any other symptoms of concern
    1. You may resume a regular diet
    2. You may return to work 24 hours after the procedure.
  1. Following your procedure you may have vaginal discharge that is bloody or resembles coffee grounds. This is normal and results from the medication applied to the cervix. The medication may discharge as “clumps.” This is not unusual and should subside over the next few days.
  2. Do not put anything in the vagina for the next 3-4 weeks: no douches, tampons or sexual intercourse, as bleeding may occur.
  3. You will be notified of your biopsy results in about a week. If you do not hear from our office within 2 weeks, please contact us for the pathology report.
  4. Please call our office if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Bleeding heavier than a menstrual period
  • Severe cramping
  • Fever over 101 degrees, shaking and/or chills
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Any other symptoms of concern
  1. Most women have minimal to no pain with the therapy; however, a few women may note some slight localized discomfort.
  2. Avoid sexual activity for 72 hours.
  3. Avoid activities that increase body temperature for 24-48 hours following the procedure.
  4. You may return to work the same day after your procedure.