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Vaginal Hysterectomy (TVH) Discharge Instructions


You may resume a normal diet after returning home. Limit your activity for 2 weeks following surgery. Climbing stairs, walking, and light housework may be resumed at your own pace. No lifting, pushing, or pulling anything greater than 10 pounds for 2 weeks following surgery. You may resume driving 2 weeks following surgery. No sexual intercourse, tampons, or douching for 6 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 few days. It is normal to have a brown discharge during the healing process for the first few weeks after surgery. If you experience severe pain, fever greater than 100.5°, or heavy bleeding (soaking a pad every hour) contact the office.

If both of your ovaries were removed at the time of your surgery, it is recommended that you start hormone replacement therapy with estrogen directly after your surgery. You will be given either a hormone injection or patch while in the hospital. A prescription for estrogen will be given to you at your first post operative visit. If you have menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or irritability prior to this visit, please contact the office.

Avoid straining when urinating or having a bowel movement. Narcotic pain relievers may cause constipation. You may need to take over the counter stool softeners such as Peri-Colace if you become constipated. If you need something stronger for constipation, 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 for 2 weeks and 6 weeks following surgery.



*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.

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