Postoperative Instructions

DIET

You may resume a normal diet after your procedure.  You may experience some mild nausea after the procedure.  Drinking clear liquids like ginger ale or tea may alleviate mild nausea.

DISCOMFORT

You may have some mild to moderate lower abdominal cramping.  You can take Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil – 600 mg (3 tablets) every 6 hours as needed for up to 1 week after the procedure.  If your pain persists (greater than 5 out of scale of 1 to 10) despite taking these medications, please call the office.

BLEEDING

It will be normal for you to have vaginal bleeding for up to one week.  It may be scant, like spotting, or it may be like a mild period.  Sanitary pads, rather than tampons, should be used, and nothing should be placed within the vagina until you see your physician again.

ACTIVITY

You should rest for the next 18-24 hours.  Most women can return back to work and to normal activities such as exercise the day after the procedure.  You may shower as usual after your procedure.  You may drive the day after your procedure.  You should not drink alcohol for the first 24 hours after your procedure.  Abstain from intercourse or from soaking baths until you are seen by your physician.

WARNING SIGNS

Please call the office and speak to a provider if your temperature rises above 100.4, if you have severe abdominal pain, or foul-smelling discharge.  You should also call if you are having difficulty keeping foods or liquids down.  Call us if your bleeding becomes so heavy that you are soaking a pad once an hour for two consecutive hours.

FOLLOWUP

You should make your follow-up appointment in 2 weeks to make sure everything is healed and to discuss further plans.

 

Please call us if you have any other questions at 312-775-1100.