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You will be given medicine to control your pain. Tell your nurse if
you have pain.
The IV is used to give you medicine and fluids until you are able to
eat and drink well. You may be given a few ice chips if you are not
sick to your stomach.
You will be given clear liquids at first and then slowly progress to
regular foods.
Your bandage will be removed the day after surgery. Your incision
may have:
Stitches that dissolve on their own.
Staples which are often taken out a few days after surgery.
Steri-strips that come off on their own in 7 to 10 days.
If you have a vaginal hysterectomy, you will not have an incision.
For your safety, when you leave the hospital, you will need to have
an adult family member or friend take you home. You should have
someone stay with you for at least the first 24 hours you are home.
At Home
Take your medicine as directed.
Schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor. You will need to see
your doctor in 4 to 6 weeks.
Wash your incision gently with soap and water and pat dry. You may
take a shower or sponge bath, but do not take tub baths.
A small amount of vaginal discharge is normal for 2 to 4 weeks after
surgery. Change the pad every few hours. Wash the vaginal area with
soap and water and pat dry.
Do not put anything in your vagina until your doctor checks you.
Do not douche.
Do not have sexual intercourse.
Do not use tampons.