Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy, 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 health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

After your procedure, it is typical to have the following:

  • Abdominal pain that can be controlled with medicine.

  • Vaginal spotting.

  • Constipation.

  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines as directed by your health care provider. Do not take aspirin. It can cause bleeding.

  • Keep incision areas clean and dry. Remove or change bandages (dressings) only as directed by your health care provider.

  • Take showers instead of baths for a few weeks as directed by your health care provider.

  • Limit exercise and activities as directed by your health care provider. Do not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds (2.3 kg) until your health care provider approves.

  • Do not drive until your health care provider approves.

  • Follow your health care provider's advice regarding diet. You may be able to resume your usual diet right away.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow.

  • Do not douche, use tampons, or have sexual intercourse for 6 weeks after the procedure.

  • Do not drink alcohol until your health care provider says it is okay.

  • Take your temperature twice a day and write it down.

  • If you become constipated, you may:

  • Ask your health care provider about taking a mild laxative.

  • Add more fruit and bran to your diet.

  • Drink more fluids.

  • Follow up with your health care provider as directed.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have swelling, redness, or increasing pain in the incision area.

  • You see pus coming from the incision area.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • You have pain, redness, or swelling where the IV access tube was placed.

  • Your incision is breaking open (the edges are not staying together).

  • You feel dizzy or feel like fainting.

  • You develop pain or bleeding when you urinate.

  • You develop diarrhea.

  • You develop nausea and vomiting.

  • You develop abnormal vaginal discharge.

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have pain that is not controlled with medicine.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a fever.

  • You develop abdominal pain.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You develop shortness of breath.

  • You pass out.

  • You develop pain, swelling, or redness in your leg.

  • You develop heavy vaginal bleeding with or without blood clots.