Post op care hysteroscopy

Post op care hysteroscopy

Discharge Information Hysteroscopy / Endometrial Biopsy

Please ring Dr. Ganu’s Clinic on 8299 0302 for review if you experience any of the following, following your discharge from Hospital.

  • Strong pain not relieved by your pain medication.
  • Signs of a wound infection, bleeding or a fever
  • Signs/symptoms of a clot may include
    • Pain, redness, swelling and tenderness in your leg (s)
    • Pain in your lungs or chest
    • Difficulty breathing / faintness
    • Coughing up blood

Following your surgery

You may feel tired for a day or two following discharge. We suggest that you continue to rest for the next day to allow yourself time to fully recover from the efects of the anaesthetic. You may then resume work.

You can expect to have some light vaginal bleeding or discharge for about a week.

Resume your normal diet.

You need to be aware of the following symptoms that may be caused by infection.

  • increased unrelieved pain
  • offensive vaginal discharge
  • increased bleeding
  • fever

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, you need to contact Dr. Ganu’s Clinic on 8299 0302.

Pain Management

Being comfortable will help your recovery. You may be given pain relief tablets on discharge. Follow the directions on the packet.

If you have not been given pain relief tablets, and Dr. Ganu has not advised against paracetamol, take 2 paracetamol tablets every four to six hours (following the directions on the pack) if needed.

You should not take more than eight tablets in any single day and you should not coninue to take them regularly for longer than four days.

If you still have strong pain after 24 hours you need to contact Dr. Ganu’s Clinic on 8299 0302.

Nausea and Vomiting

Feeling sick and/or vomiting is common after an anaesthetic or when taking pain medication, even after you go home. If this happens when you go home,drink only water and try eating toast.

If you continue to feel sick and vomit after 24 hours of discharge, you need to contact Dr. Ganu’s Clinic for review.

Bowels

To prevent constipation you can do the following unless you have been told otherwise.

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • eat high fibre food – fruit, vegetables, bread and cereals
  • go for short walks if possible
  • sometimes you may need a stool softener such as coloxyl or senna – these can be bought at a Chemist.

Activity

To help reduce the risks of clots occurring in your legs or lungs it is important to go for short walks (if possible) and gradually return to your normal activities. If your mobility is limited, remember to wriggle your toes and bend your feet back and forward from the ankle. Avoid sitting for long spells of time (no more than two hours). This will help prevent clots occurring in your legs or lungs. Common signs and symptoms of a clot have been discussed at the beginning of this patient information sheet. If you experience these signs and symptoms after you return home, ring Dr. Ganu’s Clinic or go to your nearest Emergency Department immediately.

General Anaesthetic

If you are discharged on the same day as your surgery, you will need a responsible adult to accompany you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours following your procedure.

The medicine used for the anaesthetic is active in your body for 24 hours after your surgery so you may feel drowsy. You may also experience some muscle soreness, headache or throat irritation.

Within 24 hours of an anaesthetic or sedation you should not:

  • drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery
  • make important decisions or sign contracts
  • travel alone by public transport
  • engage in sports, heavy work or lifting
  • do anything which requires coordination or for you to be alert
  • drink alcohol

Being Dizzy or Light Headed

This is common after a general anaesthetic and when taking pain management.

After lying down you need to sit up slowly and sit on the edge of the bed for a moment. Only stand up if you do not feel dizzy. Stand beside the bed for a short time before walking. Walk slowly and do not stand for long periods.

Continuing care after your discharge

Dr. Ganu will only be a telephone call away (8299 0302). You are still under Dr. Ganu’s care until you return to see Dr. Ganu at your Postoperative appointment and Dr. Ganu discharges you back to your GP.