• A hard ridge should form along the incision. As it heals, the ridge will recede gradually.
  • Use an electric heating pad, or a warm compress to relieve incisional pain.
  • Shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild soap. Resume tub baths after 2-3 weeks.
  • Don’t douche unless advised to by the doctor.



  • Prescription pain medication should generally be required only for 2 to 7 days following the procedure.
  • You may use nonprescription drugs, such as acetalminophen, for minor pain.



  • Resume daily activities and work as soon as you are able. Full recovery normally takes about 6 weeks.
  • Resume driving once you can operate the vehicle without pain, usually 1 to 3 weeks.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse for 4 to 6 weeks or as directed by your doctor.



  • No special diet.



  • Any of the following occurs:
  • Pain, swelling, redness, drainage, or bleeding increases in the surgical area.
  • Bleeding soaks more than 1 pad or tampon each hour.
  • You develop signs of infection: headache, muscle aches, dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever.