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.


  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver. Avoid aspirin because it can cause bleeding.

  • Do not douche, use tampons, or have intercourse until given permission to by your caregiver.

  • Change your bandage (dressing) as directed.

  • Do not drive until you are given permission to by your caregiver.

  • Take showers instead of baths as directed by your caregiver.

  • If you become constipated, you may take a mild laxative with your caregiver's permission. Eat more bran and drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow.

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

  • Do not drink alcohol.

  • Do not drive while on pain medicine (narcotics).

  • Have help at home for 1 week, or until you can do your own household activities.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments with your caregiver.


  • You develop a temperature of 100° F (37.8° C) or higher.

  • You have increasing stomach pain and medicine does not help.

  • You have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

  • You have pain when you urinate, or you have blood in your urine.

  • You have a rash on your body.

  • You have pain or redness where your intravenous (IV) access tube was inserted.

  • You develop weakness or lightheadedness.

  • You need stronger pain medicine.

  • You have a reaction or side effects from your medicines.


  • You have pain, swelling, or any kind of drainage from your incision.

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

  • You have chest pain.

  • You faint.

  • You have shortness of breath.

  • You have heavy vaginal bleeding.

  • You see pus coming from the incision.

  • Your incision is opening up.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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