An operative hysteroscopy in Scottsdale is a procedure used to identify and treat problems with a woman’s uterus. At times it is performed to remove growths from the uterus, while for others it is used to treat fertility problems or abnormal bleeding.
Following the procedure, patients may experience cramps and vaginal bleeding for several days. If the doctor filled the patient’s uterus with air during the procedure, she may experience gas pains, a feeling of fullness in the belly, or shoulder pain. These symptoms typically subside in 1 or 2 days. If the doctor filled the uterus with liquid during the procedure, the patient may experience watery vaginal discharge for a few days.
Many women are able to return to work on the day following the procedure, but it depends on what was done during the procedure and the type of work the patient does. Each patient recovers at a different pace, so follow these steps to recover as quickly as possible.
Activity Following Operative Hysteroscopy in Scottsdale
- Rest when you feel tired; getting enough sleep will help you recover.
- You may shower and take baths as usual.
- Ask your doctor when it is okay for you to have sex.
- Talk about birth control with your doctor – do not try to become pregnant until your doctor says it is okay.
Diet Following Operative Hysteroscopy in Scottsdale
- You can eat your normal diet. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt.
- You may notice that your bowel movements are not regular right after the procedure – this is common.
- Try to avoid constipation and straining with bowel movements. You may want to take a fiber supplement every day. If you have not had a bowel movement after a couple of days, ask your doctor about taking a mild laxative.
Medication Following Operative Hysteroscopy in Scottsdale
- Your doctor will tell you if and when you can restart your normal medicines. He or she will also give you instructions about taking any new medications.
- If you take blood thinners or aspirin, be sure to talk to your doctor about when you can begin taking those medicines again.
- Take pain medicines exactly as directed by your doctor.
- You may have some light vaginal bleeding – wear sanitary pads if needed.
- Do not douche or use tampons until your doctor says it is okay.
- You may want to use a heating pad on your stomach to help with pain. Use a low heat setting.
Call 911 if:
- You pass out;
- You have serious trouble breathing;
- You have sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, or you cough up blood;
- You have severe stomach pain.
Call your doctor if:
- You have severe vaginal bleeding, which means that you are soaking through your usual pads every hour for 2 or more hours;
- You have vaginal discharge that has increased in amount or has a bad odor;
- You are sick to your stomach or cannot keep fluids down;
- You have pain that does not get better after you take pain medicine;
- You have a fever over 100 degrees;
- You have trouble passing urine or stool.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are experiencing any problems.
If you would like more information regarding Operative Hysteroscopy in Scottsdale – or would like to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure – call our office today to schedule a consultation.