Lexington Women's Health

Postoperative Care

  1. What should I eat?
    1. After surgery it is important to avoid foods that cause excessive gas or constipation for you. It is also recommended to avoid carbonated beverages for the first few days to reduce the amount of bloating you feel.
  2. What can I do?
    1. Activity after surgery varies greatly from procedure to procedure. If you are not clear on what activities are allowed, please contact your provider during regular business hours.
  3. When can I remove the bandages?
    1. Band aids and gauze dressings can be removed the day after your operation. If there are small white tapes (steri-strips) over your incisions, these will fall off on their own. If they have not fallen off in one week you can remove them by pulling gently.
  4. What can I do for constipation?
    1. Colace is over the counter and an excellent stool softner. It works best when taken regularly for several days. Another option is an over the counter laxative called Miralax. You may take it according to the bottle directions.
  5. What should I do if I have fever?
    1. Temperature elevations of 100.4 and higher require evaluation by your provider. Please call during business hours for a same day appt. If your fever occurs on the weekend or over a holiday please go to Baptist Health Emergency Department to be evaluated by our emergency department providers.
  6. What should I do if I have vaginal bleeding?
    1. Vaginal bleeding after gynecologic surgery is very common and often expected. Your bleeding should be managed with a pad and not a tampon until you are cleared for tampon use by your provider. If you have very heavy bleeding, you will need to be evaluated in our office or at Baptist Health Emergency Department.