What should I know before leaving the hospital after undergoing gynecological surgery?

Undergoing surgery is often a life-changing experience, requiring special treatment and increased attention for at least a short period after it was performed.

Surgical interventions can cause long-term pain and high sensitivity of the region where the incision was made. Before leaving the hospital, you should discuss some aspects regarding recovery with your gynecologist to experience a rapid and comfortable rehabilitation. Make sure to:

  • ask your doctor what pain-relieving medicine is recommended for you and how you should take it to alleviate your discomfort
  • receive all the necessary information about how you should take care of the wound
  • ask your healthcare provider if you need to follow a certain diet to recover faster
  • double-check the phone number of your doctor in case you will need to reach them
  • find out what activities you are not allowed to perform and for how long you should avoid them

Postoperative care instructions

If you had outpatient surgery, you would need a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for the night to make sure you are safe. You might experience slight discomfort from the anesthesia, like nausea, vomiting, and dehydration.

Depending on the type of gynecologic procedure you experienced, you may be instructed to comply with specific requirements related to:

  • medications: understand the doses and when you are supposed to take them
  • sexual intercourse: avoid it for some time following the intervention
  • follow-up appointments: schedule one as per your doctor’s indications
  • bathing habits: you might be advised to shower and avoid soaking in bathtubs for a while
  • activities: postpone driving or heavy lifting

Recovery care and duration are different for every gynecologic surgery. Keep in touch with your doctor to know what to expect and to monitor your side effects.

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