Vaginal Surgery: Post-operative Instructions


Pain: Pain after vaginal surgery tends to be mild to moderate. Take the prescription medications as required.


Discharge: Most women will experience light bleeding or a pinkish vaginal discharge for several days to weeks postoperatively.


Self Care: Please refrain from using tampons, douching, bathing, swimming or having sexual intercourse for at least 6 weeks after the procedure. Showering is fine at any point.


Sutures:  Dissolving sutures (stitches) are used in the vagina.  These slowly dissolve over weeks to months.  They do not need to be removed, however if persistent and bothersome you can speak to your physician about this.  You need not be alarmed if you pass some fragments of suture in the weeks after surgery.  


Activity:  Avoid heavy lifting for 6 weeks after the surgery. Do not drive until you are no longer taking prescription medications and your pain is minimal. You are encouraged to remain mobile and physically active; walking is good. Climbing stairs is fine; adjust your pace if needed.


When to seek urgent medical attention: Report any of the following: pain that is progressively increasing, an abdomen that is becoming more distended, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, fever > 38.5°C, difficulty passing urine, a swollen painful leg, or sudden shortness of breath.


Follow-up: See your surgeon 6 weeks after surgery for a checkup and pelvic examination.

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