After surgery to remove one or more fibroids, you may feel some pain in your belly for several days. Your belly may also be swollen. You may have a change in your bowel movements for a few days. And you may have some cramping for the first week.
It's normal to also have some shoulder or back pain. This is caused by the gas your doctor put in your belly to help see your organs better.
To help with pain, your doctor will prescribe medicines. You will need 2 or more weeks to fully recover. It's important not to lift anything heavy for about 1 week. Your doctor may talk to you about when you can have sex and when it's safe to try to become pregnant.
You may have light bleeding for up to 8 weeks. You may have a brown or reddish brown vaginal discharge or spotting for a few weeks or until your first period. This is normal. Expect your first two periods to start early or late. They may be more painful or heavy than usual.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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