You can expect to feel better and stronger each
day, although you may need pain medicine for a week or two. You may get tired
easily or have less energy than usual. This may last for several weeks after
surgery. You will probably notice that your belly is swollen and puffy. This is
common. The swelling will take several weeks to go down. It may take about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover. The recovery time may be less for some patients.
You may have some light vaginal bleeding. Don't have sex until the
doctor says it is okay. Don't douche or put anything into your vagina, such as
a tampon, until your doctor says it is okay.
It is important to
avoid lifting while you are recovering so that you can heal.
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.
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:
February 25, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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