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Post operative instructions

Now that your surgery is over, it is time to recover. Remember, it was a big surgery througha single small incision. Your insides do not know that you only had a small incision, so TAKE IT EASY for at least the first 5-7 days. Stay at home and rest.

You will have good days and not so good days. Listen to your body. The trend should generally be better and better. Neck and shoulder pain along with a soreness in the abdomen is typical. Take a stool sofetener like colace, milk of magnesia etc. It may be 4-6 days before a bowel movement. Drink plenty of water. Take your ibuprofen with food and add the narcotic only if you need it for pain control.

You may have a bloody discharge or very little to no bleeding at all. Very often you will have a clot or sharp increase in bleeding about 10-20 days after surgery. This is very common and you should not be concerned unless the bleeding does not stop within a few hours, you have excessive pain associated with it or your temperature is > 100.5 F. If so, call the office.

You should shower at least 1-2 times a day and do not be afraid to get the incision wet. Please clean it gently with soap and water and pat it dry.

The glue over your incision will start to peel off in 1-2 weeks. when it does you may remove it. There are stitches under the skin also supporting the incision. They will disolve on there own. Bruising is normal especially beneath the incision.

You should already have a follow up appointment scheduled in 7-10 days. If you do not, please call and make one.

Finally, "pelvic rest" for 2 months. This is extremely important! 

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