Going Home after Gynecology Oncology Surgery
When to Call Your Doctor
Fever over 100.4°F for two readings taken 4
ξ Nausea or vomiting
ξ Signs of infection such as redness,
swelling, warmth or drainage
ξ Problems with pain control
ξ Vaginal bleeding that soaks more
than one sanitary napkin in one hour
ξ Constipation—no bowel movement
for 3 or more days
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm call:
After 5:00 pm, Nights and Weekends, call
the clinic line. The clinic line will switch
over to the paging operator. Ask for the
Gynecology doctor on call. Give the
operator your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll free: 1-800-323-8942
Other common concerns
If you have staples in place, these will be
removed 10 to 14 days after you go home.
They may be taken out by your local doctor
or by your surgeon.
You can start driving again when you have
stopped taking narcotic pain pills and are
sure that you can control the car quickly if
You may have bleeding like a light period.
If you are bothered by nausea or vomiting,
you might want to try one of the following.
ξ Eat small, frequent meals
ξ Drink liquids an hour before or after
a meal rather than with your meal.
ξ Avoid foods that are fatty, fried, or
ξ Eat and drink slowly.
ξ After eating, rest in a chair. Don't lie
flat for a few hours after you eat.
Weakness and fatigue
Weakness and fatigue are common after you
ξ Stay active, get up each day, and get
ξ For the next 4 to 6 weeks you may
not have your normal strength.
ξ It is fine to go out in public (shop,
attend church) but avoid people who
ξ You should avoid heavy exercise and
lifting greater than 15 pounds for 6
ξ Try walking to preserve and regain
Do not have sexual intercourse, douche, use
tampons, or insert anything into the vagina
for 6 weeks - this is called pelvic rest.
Please refer to your discharge planning
instructions on resuming medications. If
any questions, please ask the doctor or
pharmacist prior to leaving the hospital.
If you have pain you can use the pain pills
prescribed at the time of discharge or
Tylenol® 650-1000 mg every 4 hours or
Advil® 400 mg every 4 to 6 hours.
If you were prescribed Percocet®, do not
take Tylenol® along with Percocet.
Elimination: Bowel movements and
You may have a hard time with bowel
movements after you go home. Some pain
pills can cause constipation.
If needed, take a stool softener (such as
Colace®) 100mg once or twice daily. You
can buy this without a doctor's order at the
If you have no bowel movement within 48
to 72 hours after going home, try taking the
laxative Senokot-S®. This can also be
bought without a doctor's order. Take 2
Senokot-S® tablets by mouth twice a
day. You may increase your dose to 4
tablets twice a day if you don't have a bowel
movement after the first two doses. Once
you have had a bowel movement, stop or
decrease the Senokot-S® and keep taking
Call the doctor's office if you have not had a
bowel movement within 72 hours after
If you have burning or frequent urination or
feel that you must go again soon, you may
have a bladder infection and you should call
your surgeon’s office or your local doctor.
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #6236.
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