• Hospital stay may be 2 to 4 days.
  • To keep lungs clear, cough frequently while using appropriate support. Deep breathing aids are frequently available.
  • Once home, someone should be available to help care for you for the first few days.
  • Use an electric heating pad or a warm compress to relieve incision pain or gas pains.
  • Shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild soap.
  • Use sanitary napkins–not tampons–to absorb blood or drainage (discharge is normal, but has an unpleasant odor).
  • Aftereffects of surgery may include constipation, urinary symptoms, fatigue and weight gain.



  • After surgery, medicines for pain, gas, nausea or constipation may be prescribed.
  • Antibiotics if infection develops.



  • To help recovery and aid your well-being, resume daily activities, including work, as soon as you are able. Recovery at home may take 1 to 3 weeks, with full activities resumed in 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Resume driving once you can operate the vehicle without pain, usually 1-2 weeks.
  • Sexual relations may be resumed in 4 to 6 weeks (or when advised).



  • Clear liquid diet until the gastrointestinal tract functions again
  • Then eat a well-balanced diet to promote healing.



Any of the following occurs:

  • Vaginal bleeding that soaks more than 1 pad per hour.
  • Increased pain or swelling in the surgical area.
  • Signs of infection: headache, muscle aches, dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever.