Post-Op Instructions: VULVAR SURGERY
- Call the office to schedule a post-operative appointment two to four weeks after your surgery.
- If an ER visit is necessary post-operatively, always go to your nearest hospital emergency room.
- Call your doctor right away if you experience:
- Fever higher than 100.4 degrees
- Shortness of breath
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Severe pain not relieved with your pain medication
- Office # (301) 652-4800
- Physician on-call # (301) 801-1717
The Center for Innovative GYN Care is committed to ensuring that your post-operative experience is as comfortable as possible. The following information will help answer frequently asked questions and will help you understand some of the common experiences that may occur after your surgery. Please do not hesitate to call the office with any additional questions about your recovery.
HOW MUCH ACTIVITY CAN I DO AFTER SURGERY?
Take it easy for the first weeks after surgery; you may need assistance the first few days.
You may walk as much as you like and go up and down stairs. If an activity hurts, you should not do it.
You can return to work one to two weeks after surgery, depending on your requirements for lifting and standing.
You may drive your car as soon as you feel ready, but not while you are taking narcotic medication.
WHEN CAN I RESUME SEX?
Intercourse should be avoided for a minimum of four weeks.
WHEN CAN I TAKE A SHOWER?
Shower as usual. Take sitting baths in plain water or mild soapy water twice daily. Blow dry the perineum area after each cleansing. Try to keep the area open to air.
HOW SHOULD I MANAGE MY PAIN AFTER SURGERY?
Sitting may be uncomfortable initially, sitting on a donut or U-shaped pillow may help. Ice packs and Witch Hazel pads may help with swelling and pain. These can be placed every few hours for the first 24 hours. Before leaving the hospital, you will be given a prescription for pain medications, follow the instructions on the prescription.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE BLEEDING AFTER SURGERY?
You may notice vaginal spotting for up to six weeks. Use maxi pads, not tampons, to absorb blood or discharge. Call the office if you notice a foul smelling discharge or drainage.
I HAVE CONSTIPATION, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you experience constipation, increase fluids and eat a high fiber diet. You may also use a mild laxative, such as Milk of Magnesia, or a stool softener, such as Colace®. No prescription is required for either.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AFTER SURGERY?
No binding clothing. Cotton panties are preferred.