There are three basic rules for the first 4-6 weeks following your surgery.
- No heavy lifting or straining
- Do not become overly tired or fatigued
- No sexual intercourse
Your activity level at home should not be any greater than it was in the hospital. You should gradually increase your activity level as the week progresses. Walking and a gradual increase in activity will speed up your convalescence and prevent constipation and thrombosis (blood clots). Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. This will avoid urinary tract infections and constipation. You may take showers and wash your hair. Do not drive. Do not take a tub bath, douche or use tampons for 4 weeks. You may go up the stairs and down (once or twice daily is plenty).
You may go for short rides in the car, but do not drive. Increase your activity level, but still avoid fatigue.
You may drive your car and include non-strenuous activities away from home.
Keep your incisions clean and dry. You may change the band-aids after 24 hours. Some swelling, soreness and possible bruising around your incisions is quite normal. For discomfort you may need a pain pill, which you will receive before you are dismissed from the hospital. A heating pad may also be helpful.
A vaginal discharge (which may be slightly bloody) is normal up to 4-6 weeks following surgery. Should you start any heavy bleeding or clotting, have a temperature elevation or increased pain, notify the office. Following surgery, especially when you are taking pain medications, you are more prone to constipation and you may need to take a stool softener or laxative (Colace® or Peri-Colace®) for a week or two. You will probably have some abdominal distention and gas for up to a week (usually 3-4 days). Phazyme® or Mylicon® may help relieve the gas.
Call the office as soon as possible for your post-op appointment four (4) weeks following your surgery. If you need to be seen before four weeks, you will be told in the hospital. Call the office if you have any further questions or concerns.