Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy

Care After

Please read the instructions outlined below. Refer to this sheet for the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after you leave the hospital. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. While your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, unavoidable problems may occur. If you have any problems or questions after you leave, call your caregiver.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

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

  • Do not take aspirin. It can cause bleeding.

  • Do not drive when taking pain medication.

  • Follow your caregiver's advice regarding diet, exercise, lifting, driving, and general activities.

  • You may resume your usual diet as directed and allowed.

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.

  • Do not douche, use tampons, or have sexual intercourse until your caregiver says it is okay.

  • Change your bandages (dressings) as directed.

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

  • Your caregiver may recommend showers instead of baths for a few weeks.

  • Do not drink alcohol until your caregiver says it is okay.

  • If you develop constipation, you may take a mild laxative with your caregiver's permission. Bran foods and drinking fluids helps with constipation problems.

  • Try to have someone home with you for a week or two to help with the household activities.

  • Make sure you and your family understands everything about your operation and recovery.

  • Do not sign any legal documents until you feel normal again.

  • Keep all your follow-up appointments.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • There is swelling, redness, or increasing pain in the wound area.

  • Pus is coming from the wound.

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

  • You have pain, redness, or swelling from the intravenous site.

  • The wound 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 any type of abnormal reaction or develop an allergy to your medication.

  • You need stronger pain medication for your pain.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop an unexplained temperature above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You develop abdominal pain.

  • You develop chest pain.

  • You develop shortness of breath.

  • You pass out.

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

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

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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