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D&C, HYSTEROSCOPY OR VAGINAL SURGERY

I operate out of St. Paul’s Hospital. Visit their website for general information to prepare for your procedure, including Info For Surgical Patients which has a thorough walk-through From admission to discharge.

POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

These are usually day care procedures and your recovery should be relatively quick and uneventful. You may have some bleeding and cramping and a watery vaginal discharge. This should settle in a few days. Take some pain medication if you feel uncomfortable. A combination of Tylenol, regular or extra-strength, together with an anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Motrin works well. If the pain is less intense one of the above medications by itself should be enough.

You may shower but do not bathe until the vaginal bleeding has stopped. Eat and drink normally and avoid alcohol while you are taking pain medication. You may resume normal exercise once you feel comfortable to do so and you can resume normal sexual activity once the bleeding has stopped.

What is not normal?

Please call me if you have any of the following:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding, in which you are soaking a pad every 15 minutes for 2 hours or more
  • Severe abdominal or pelvic pain not responding to pain medication
  • Inability to empty your bladder
  • A very distended and painful belly
  • Fever: temperature greater than 38.5 C
  • Painful swollen leg
  • Shortness of breath
  • Offensive vaginal discharge
  • Nausea and vomiting lasting more than 24 hours