Post Operative Instructions

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Post Operative Instructions

Patients are discharged within 24 hours of surgery if there are no complications.

To ensure a quick recovery and return to daily routine, the following post-operative instructions should be followed:

  • Driving is not permitted until the catheter is removed, so an attendant has to accompany the patient.
  • Do not take a shower until 48 hours after surgery. After this have a shower daily. No soaking in bath tubs.
  • Walking is a must after surgery. Climbing steps is also permitted to the extent possible.
  • If there is no bowel movement even after 48 hours of surgery or fever occurs, please contact the hospital.
  • Have a clear, liquid diet until you have passed gas rectally.
  • Once you have passed gas, start on a soft diet.
  • After the first solid bowel movement, you can start regular food intake.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks.

Limitations for 6 weeks

Avoid the following:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Sitting in one position for over 45 minutes
  • Sports or strenuous exercise
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights

Catheter care

  • At discharge, a catheter will be in place. Do not remove this on your own.
  • If there is no urine output for 3 hours or there is lower abdominal pain, contact the hospital
  • The urine bag connected to the catheter should be removed carefully and urine drained.
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out blood and clots.

Symptoms in the post-operative recovery phase

The following symptoms will go away in a few days:

  • Abdominal distention, bloating
  • Bladder spasm, discomfort, an urgency to pass urine
  • Blood stained urine
  • Delayed healing of incision sites
  • Incontinence

Symptoms needing medical attention

  • Fever above 100°F
  • Redness or foul smelling discharge from abdominal incisions or vagina
  • Nausea, vomiting or continued abdominal distention and pain
  • Large clots or frank bleeding from vagina
  • Decreased urinary output
  • Inability to urinate
  • Pain or swelling in one leg or calf
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath