Published: Mar. 18, 2009
Updated: Sept. 8, 2010
The following information gives you important information regarding what to expect after urogynecologic surgery and what activities to avoid altogether.
Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., call the nurse line at 919-401-1000 ext. 6.
Nights and weekends call 919-684-8111 and ask for the urogynecologist on call.
Blood clots can happen after surgery. The greatest period of risk is the first few days after surgery, although there is still a risk of developing a blood clot for approximately six weeks following surgery. You may hear the doctors and nurses talk about deep vein thrombosis or DVT’s. These are medical terms for a blood clot.
Blood clots can cause problems in two ways:
The most important way to prevent a blood clot is to keep the blood flowing by walking after surgery. Keep the vessels from being compressed by not crossing your legs at the ankles or knees. Avoid wearing knee-highs, thigh-highs, or socks that leave a line on your legs.
If you have not had a bowel movement within two to three days following your surgery, you may take over-the-counter milk of magnesia as directed on the packaging.
If you are having more than four loose stools per day: