Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy

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 more 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

Healing will take time. You may have discomfort, tenderness, swelling, and bruising at the surgical site for a couple of weeks. This is normal and will get better as time goes on.

  • 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 medicine.

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

  • Resume your usual diet as directed and allowed.

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.

  • Do not douche, use tampons, or have sexual intercourse for at least 6 weeks, or until your caregiver gives you permission.

  • Change your bandages (dressings) as directed by your caregiver.

  • Monitor your temperature and notify your caregiver of a fever.

  • Take showers instead of baths for 2 to 3 weeks.

  • Do not drink alcohol until your caregiver gives you permission.

  • If you develop constipation, you may take a mild laxative with your caregiver's permission. Bran foods may help with constipation problems. Drinking enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow may help as well.

  • Try to have someone home with you for 1 or 2 weeks to help around the house.

  • Keep all your follow-up appointments as directed by your caregiver.

SEEK MEDICIAL CARE IF:

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

  • You have pus coming from the wound.

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

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

  • Your wound breaks open.

  • You feel dizzy or lightheaded.

  • You have pain or bleeding when you urinate.

  • You have persistent diarrhea.

  • You have persistent nausea and vomiting.

  • You have abnormal vaginal discharge.

  • You have a rash.

  • You have any type of abnormal reaction or develop an allergy to your medicine.

  • You have poor pain control with your prescribed medicine.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICIAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have severe abdominal pain.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have shortness of breath.

  • You faint.

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

  • You have heavy vaginal bleeding with 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.