Post-Procedure Instructions

What to Expect After a Colposcopy

Post-Colposcopy Care Tips

Afterwards, it’s common to feel some vaginal soreness for a day or two. Do not exercise for 24 hours after your colposcopy. If a biopsy is performed, light vaginal bleeding or discharge can be normal for up to a week after the biopsy. If Monsel’s solution was used after the biopsy, then your discharge may be a dark color. If you have bleeding or discharge, it is recommended to use a sanitary pad. Do not douche, have sex, or use tampons for 4 weeks. This allows time for your cervix to heal. If a biopsy is taken, the pathology results will be available around 10 days.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Complications are not common during a colposcopy, but can include infection or bleeding. Bleeding can usually be stopped by a special liquid or swab on the area.

The procedure has no effect on infertility or subfertility.

What to Expect After an Endometrial Ablation

Post-Endometrial Ablation Care Tips

There a few common non-serious side effects usually followed for only a few days after the procedure including:

Normal activity can be resumed after 24 hours. Take caution and avoid tub baths, swimming, or sexual intercourse for 2 weeks.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Complications are uncommon for endometrial ablation, but can be severe. Complications can include the following:

It is recommended to have this surgery after you are finished having children as pregnancy is usually not an option afterwards.

Any Restrictions Regarding Diet or Medications

If you take blood thinners, consult with your doctor before continuing to take those again

Bowel movements may not be as regular.

What to Expect After a Laparoscopy

After the Laparoscopy, you will be observed closely for a few hours while nurses monitor your vitals. You may have to stay in the hospital overnight for observation.

Post-Laparoscopy Care Tips

There a few common non-serious side effects usually followed for only a few days after the procedure including:

Do not use tampons or douche for about 2 weeks after the procedure. Consult your doctor before engaging in sexual intercourse to make sure you’ve recovered.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Laparoscopy can take longer to perform than open surgery. The longer time under anesthesia may increase the risk of complications. Sometimes complications do not appear right away but occur a few days to a few weeks after surgery. Problems that can occur with laparoscopy include the following:

What to Expect After a Hysteroscopy

After the procedure, you will be observed closely for a few hours while nurses monitor your vitals. In rare cases, you may have to stay in the hospital overnight for observation if the procedure was done in a hospital.

Post-Hysteroscopy Care Tips

There a few common non-serious side effects usually followed for only a few days after the procedure including:

Do not take tub baths, swim, use tampons, or have sexual intercourse for a couple weeks after the procedure. Consult with your doctor before you resume any of these activities.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Complications are rare for a hysteroscopy but can occur. Complications can include the following:

What to Expect After Hysteroscopic Sterilization (Essure)

This procedure is usually done in our office, but can be performed in a hospital occasionally.

Post-Hysteroscopic Sterilization Care Tips

There a few common non-serious side effects usually followed for only a few days after the procedure including:

Use contraception during sexual intercourse for the following three months after the procedure. Consult with your doctor before engaging in sexual intercourse without a form of contraception.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Complications are rare for a hysteroscopy but can occur. Complications can include the following:

What to Expect After Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

After the procedure, you will be observed closely for a few hours while nurses monitor your vitals. In rare cases, you may have to stay in the hospital overnight for observation.

Post-Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation Care Tips

There a few common non-serious side effects usually followed for only a few days after the procedure including:

Wait at least a day before resuming all normal activities. Consult with your doctor before having sexual intercourse.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Complications are rare for laparoscopic tubal ligation but can occur. Complications can include the following:

What to Expect After the LEEP Procedure

Post-LEEP Care Tips

There a few common, non-serious side effects that are usually experienced in the days following the procedure, including:

Wait at least a few weeks before resuming all normal activities. Wait at least 2 weeks before using tampons or douching. Consult with your doctor before having sexual intercourse.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Risks are rare for LEEP, but can occur. Risks can include the following:

What to Expect After a Sonohysterogram

Post-Sonohysterogram Care Tips

There a few common, non-serious side effects that are usually experienced in the days following the procedure, including:

You can return to your normal activities within a day.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Complications are very rare. There is a small risk of pelvic infection.

What to Expect After a Biopsy or Excision at the Vulva, Vagina, or Perineum

After the procedure you’ll go home the same day, but we ask you keep an eye on the incision site for a few weeks.

Post-Biopsy or Excision Care Tips

It’s important to treat the incision site with care during the following weeks. We recommend the following during the first few days after your procedure:

Wait at least a day before resuming all normal activities. Consult with your doctor before having sexual intercourse.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

What to Expect After Biopsy or Excision of a Lesion on the Skin

After the procedure you’ll go home the same day, but we ask you keep an eye on the incision site for a few weeks.

Post-Biopsy or Excision Care Tips

Discuss with your doctor any specific instructions you need for your particular post-procedure care depending on the reason, location, and method of the biopsy. Your doctor will also tell you when the sutures will be removed or whether dressing has to be changed.

Do not soak the incision site in water. Try to keep the area as dry as possible.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any swelling, redness, or intense pain at the site of the incision

What to Expect After Surgery (Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy, Abdominal, or Vaginal Surgery)

The following instructions will apply after a laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, abdominal surgery, or vaginal surgery. Consult with your doctor if you have any specific questions.

Post-Surgery Care Tips

There a few precautions to take after most gynecological surgeries, including the following:

Schedule a follow-up appointment for 2 weeks after your surgery.

When to See a Doctor

Please contact a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Risks and Complications

Complications are rare but can occur. Talk to your doctor about specific risks or complications regarding your surgery.

 
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