You may resume a normal diet after returning home. Climbing stairs, walking, and light housework may be resumed at your own pace. You may resume driving 24 hours following surgery. No sexual intercourse, tampons, or douching for 2 weeks following surgery. You may shower or bathe anytime after returning home.
You may have mild cramping after this surgery. Expect light bleeding for a 1 – 2 weeks. It is normal to have a brown or yellowish discharge during the healing process for the first few weeks after surgery. If you experience severe pain, fever greater than 100.5°, nausea and vomiting, a greenish vaginal discharge with odor, or heavy bleeding (soaking a pad every hour), contact the office.
The following medications are recommended for mild cramping or discomfort:
- Motrin (Advil) 600 mg every 6 hours as needed for cramping.
- Tylenol (regular or extra strength) 1-2 tablets every 4 hours as needed for pain.
- A narcotic pain reliever such as Percocet, Vicodin, Darvocet, or Tylenol #3 may be prescribed for the first few weeks following surgery.
You should schedule a post-operative appointment 3 – 4 weeks following surgery. A tubal X-ray (hysterosalpingogram) should be planned 3 months after the Essure procedure. An alternative form of birth control should be used (condoms, Depo-Provera, birth control pills) until X-rays verify tubal closure.
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*This information is provided as a resource only and not intended to be a recommendation or a substitute for consultation with your physician regarding your healthcare needs.