GYNAECOLOGICAL - FAQ'S
Because we know you'll have a lot of questions!
If you have had surgery you will be given a list of do’s and dont’s from the hospital regarding what you can and cannot do after surgery. With surgery heavy lifting is not allowed for four to six weeks, where heavy lifting is considered more than two light bags of shopping.
Pain levels are very variable after most gynaecological surgery varying from nothing at all to lingering cramping discomfort in the pelvis. It is hard to explain why people experience their operations differently but it is sensible to expect a four to six weeks recuperation which is certainly standard with most other forms of surgery.
If you have had surgery in and around the bladder, the bladder can often react badly and cause symptoms such as urgency and frequency which are usually temporary and will gradually improve as time goes by. If you suspect you have a urinary tract infection you should drop off a urine sample to your GP or to the rooms.
While the healing process is going on it is very normal to experience a bloody discharge for up to four weeks with increased discharge carrying on for a period of two to four weeks following this. This is simply the stitches dissolving and should be expected. Often the symptoms that you have had before the surgery can take a variable time to improve. Some patients notice the effect of the surgery right away but some patients notice a gradual building of the effect as time goes by.
Q. When can I drive?
A. With most vaginal surgeries you are able to drive two weeks after the surgery date although you should always check with your insurance company.
Q. Can I expect 100% cure with the surgery?
A. Being realistic with the expectations of vaginal surgery is important but it is certainly reasonable to expect your symptoms to be improved to your satisfaction.
Q. Will I be seen for a post-op check-up?
A. Yes it is routine to be seen for a post-operative check up after major gynaecological surgery. This usually happens within six to ten weeks. People who have had advanced pelvic floor surgery are best seen longer after their operation so that the pelvic floor is allowed extra time to settle. For minor surgery a set follow-up appointment is not often necessary however it is always on offer if wished.