Margarett C Ellison, MD - Open Surgery Postop - Atlanta, GA
TMH Gynecologic Oncology Specialists - 1775 One Healing Place, Tallahassee, FL 32308   (850) 431-4888
Open (big incision) PostOp Instructions

     You may take your home meds as soon as you get home and may eat whatever you feel like eating. It takes most patients a few days for bowel movements to resume.
    Staples: You can shower with staples in. Wash them with soap and water and then pat dry with a clean dry towel. You will need to have them removed 7-10 days after surgery in our office
 
    Pain: Take ibuprofen 800mg every 8 hrs for pain with food, if still having pain after one hour take the oxycodone/acetominophen every 4 hrs as needed. If you are taking the oxycodone be sure to take the colace 100mg twice a day to prevent constipation.
 
    Restrictions:            
-No driving until you can stomp both feet on the ground, twist and turn at the waist without having pain and are no longer taking narcotics.           -No tub bath until you doctor tells you it is okay, this can inhibit wound healing           
-Nothing in your vagina until your doctor tells you it is okay, tampons or sex can cause the vagina cuff to rupture. You do NOT want this to happen.            
-Do not lift greater than 5-10 lbs or do any aggressive working out or housework until you can stomp both feet on the ground, twist and turn at the waist without having pain and are no longer taking narcotics.             Most patients can return to work in 6-8 weeks. 
Things to call for:-Fever greater than 100.9, chills -uncontrollable nausea, vomiting or diarrhea-wound issues -vaginal bleeding that is heavier than a period ( passingclots) or any acute change or questions CALL 770-410-4388