What happens after my surgery or treatment?
A nurse from our
Women's Surgery Center will call you the evening of your surgery to ensure
you are doing well post-operatively. We will answer any questions you may
have and give you advice about staying comfortable as you recover.
How will I feel after surgery?
The way you feel
after surgery depends on the procedure that was done.
Patients who have had a cervical procedure my feel cramps in the stomach
or lower abdomen, and may have some light vaginal bleeding. Patients can
take pain medicine and rest at home for a day to recover, then usually go
back to most of their normal activities.
Patients who have had a procedure like
laparoscopy that required anesthesia for an hour or longer may feel tired
and weak the day of their surgery. They may have some cramping in the
abdomen and some vaginal bleeding. Usually, women will need to take pain
medicine, drink fluids, and rest at home the next day. This is also
temporary and patients go back to their normal activities within the week.
When can I go back to work after a
Same Day Treatment?
Patients who have had treatment for an abnormal Pap
smear will usually go back to work after taking one post-operative day to
rest and recover. Patients who have had a laparascopic procedure
requiring anesthesia may choose to wait up to one week before returning to
When can I resume sexual activity?
will choose to wait until after they stop spotting or bleeding before
returning to normal sexual activity. Patients usually feel well enough to
resume sexual intercourse after laparascopic procedures in one or two
weeks. Two weeks is common for returning to all other activities as
well. For a cold knife cone biopsy of the cervix, four weeks is
more common for restarting sexual activity, due to the risk of bleeding.
How do I let my primary care
physician know of my treatment and results?
The staff at our
facility will send copies of pathology results to
care doctor at your request.