Anterior or Posterior Colporrhaphy, Sling Procedure

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Rest as much as possible the first 2 weeks.

  • Avoid heavy lifting (more than 10 pounds or 4.5 kg), pushing, or pulling. Limit stair climbing to once or twice a day the first week, then slowly increase this activity.

  • Avoid standing for prolonged periods of time.

  • Talk with your caregiver about when you may resume your usual physical activity.

  • You may resume your normal diet.

  • Limit fluids to 6 to 8 glasses of non-caffeinated beverages per day.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Daily portions of food from the meat (protein), milk, fruit, vegetable, and bread families are necessary for your health.

  • Your normal bowel function should return. If constipation should occur, you may:

  • Take a mild laxative.

  • Add fruit and bran to your diet.

  • Drink more liquids.

  • If additional bladder care is required, you will receive instructions from your caregiver. Call your caregiver if you experience burning, urgency, or frequency on urination or if you are unable to completely empty your bladder.

  • You may take a shower and wash your hair.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, fever, or discomfort as directed by your caregiver.

  • Clean the incision with water. Do not use a dressing unless the incision is draining or irritated. Check your incision daily for redness, draining, swelling, or separation of the skin. Call your caregiver if you notice any of these.

  • Keep your perineal area (the area between vagina and rectum) clean and dry. Perform perineal care after every bowel movement and each time you urinate. You may take a sitz bath or sit in a tub of clean, warm water when necessary, unless your caregiver tells you otherwise.

  • Do not have sexual intercourse until permitted by your caregiver.

  • It is still important to have a yearly pelvic exam.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have shaking chills.

  • You have an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • Your pain is not relieved or becomes severe.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.