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Your Care at Home After Laparoscopic Oophorectomy (4905)

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Your Care at Home After
Laparoscopic Oophorectomy

Care of Incision

1. Two days after surgery you may remove the Band-Aids
/dressings. Under the Band-
, there may be strips of tape which should be left on for one week. You may then
shower, letting the water run over the incisions. Pat dry. Do not soak in a tub, swim or
scrub the incisions for one to two weeks. After a shower, place clean Band-Aids
the incisions. Keep the incisions covered with Band-Aids
for two days. Do not apply
any powders, ointments, or creams to the incision site.

2. Your incisions should heal completely in 1-2 weeks. The stitches do not need to be
removed as they will be absorbed.

3. Check your incisions daily for signs of infection. Call your doctor if you notice any of
the following:

• Incision is bright red and/or hot
• Pus-like (yellow, green or thick) drainage from the incision
• Fever (by mouth) greater than 100.4°F
• Excessive swelling or bleeding

Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

• Severe abdominal pain not relieved by pain pills
• Severe nausea and vomiting
• Pain or burning with urination
• Redness or increasing tenderness around any of the incisions

Shoulder Pain
You may have some shoulder pain as a result of gas still present in your abdomen. For relief, lie
down, and place pillows under your buttocks so that they are higher than your chest. Stay in this
position for 5-15 minutes, and the pain should subside. It is normal to have some pain or
discomfort. Pain pills will be prescribed for you. Please follow the instructions for use given by
your pharmacist. Often a pain pill taken at bedtime can help you to get a good night’s rest.

1. Do not drive for the first 24 hours and during the time you are taking pain pills.

2. Do not lift greater than 10 pounds for 4 weeks.

3. If your job does not involve heavy physical labor, you may return to work as soon as you
feel ready. Otherwise, check with your doctor.

4. Sexual activity may be resumed when you feel ready.

If you feel sick to your stomach, do not eat a full meal. Start slowly with clear liquids such as
tea, broth, or jello. Add solid food to your diet as your stomach feels better. You may want to
avoid fatty foods at first and slowly add them to your diet. Fatty foods include fried foods,
creams, potato chips, pizza, and large servings of gravy or butter.

Narcotic pain relievers and decreased activity may cause constipation. A diet with enough fiber
and water can help prevent or relieve constipation. Eat a balanced diet each day that includes:

• 6-8 (8-ounce) glasses of fluids a day (water, juice, tea, etc.)
• At least 4 servings of fruits and vegetables
• At least 4 servings of breads or cereals (2 of these servings should be whole grain)




Whole grain breads or crackers (whole wheat, dark rye,
pumpernickel, oatmeal); breads or crackers with seeds;
nut breads, bran muffins.


Bran cereals (100% bran, concentrated bran; cereals
with nuts raisins, or seeds; “natural” cereals, granola,
oatmeal, shredded wheat.

Cereal Products & Flour

Wheat germ, wheat whole wheat, buckwheat, corn,
cornmeal, rice, wild rice, brown rice, barley.


Fresh or canned fruits, especially those with skin or
seeds (apples, plums, peaches, tomatoes, berries); dried


Raw or cooked vegetables (not overcooked).

Phone Numbers:

If you have any questions or problems when you are home, please call:

UW Health- Managed OB Clinics
UW Health West
OB/GYN Clinic
451 Junction Rd
Madison WI 53717
(608) 265-7601
UW Health East
OB/GYN Clinic
5249 E Terrace Pkwy
Madison WI 53718
(608) 265-1230

UW Health Benign
Gynecology Clinic
600 Highland Ave
Madison WI 53792
(608) 263-6240

UW Health
600 Highland Ave
Madison WI 53792
(608) 263-1548

UWMF- Managed OB Clinics
OB/GYN Clinic
20 S. Park, Suite 307
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 287-2830

East Towne
4122 East Towne
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 242-6840
West Towne
7102 Mineral Point Rd.
Madison, WI 53717
(608) 828-7610
5543 East Cheryl
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 274-5300
UW Arboretum OB/GYN Clinic
1102 S. Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 287-5898

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 2/2013 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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