The antibiotic prescribed to you should all be taken as instructed to prevent infection. You will be given anti-inflammatory medications and medications to relieve pain.
Cold packs may be used to relieve the swelling and pain in the surgical area within 24 hours after the surgery. Make sure that the cold packs used are clean to prevent infection.
You may shower a day after the surgery, allowing the area to be kept dry afterwards and avoiding moisture. A hair dryer may be used to dry the area. Clean the wound with antiseptic daily in the morning and before bedtime until the wound is visibly healing. After defecating and urinating, it is best you clean the area with wet wipes and dry it afterwards as well. This method would help alleviate the pain and promote faster healing.
You may observe moisture from the surgical wound about 2-3 days after the procedure. (This is further described in the Recovery Period) This is normal, but if you notice fresh blood oozing from the surgical area, and if you are having fever on the 2nd and 3rd day onwards, please contact the Center or come to see Dr. Vitasna immediately.
During the inflammatory phase of healing, which last up to 2-4 weeks after the surgery, blood vessels form clots to prevent bleeding and sloughing off of tissues or necrosis can be observed due to the retention of moisture in the surgical wound area. At this stage, you may experience an acute burning pain and swelling on the surgical site. This should not be a cause of worry. The wound edges are expected to begin to pull together from the fourth day to at least a month and collagen fibers mature to make new tissues.
Within 2 weeks to 4 weeks after the surgery, tissues are beginning to produce and form new blood capillaries and the surgical wound are expected to heal. You may start your daily activities gradually, strenuous physical activities should be limited.
After 4 weeks of the surgery, you may do your usual activities. Relaxing exercises and lifting lightweights are permitted. However, you should refrain from running, soaking in bathtub, swimming, heavy lifting, cycling, other heavy activities and sexual intercourse for 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
The suture used dissolves slowly (within 4-6 weeks). However, for some women, the suture takes longer than 6 weeks to completely dissolve and experience itching and irritation. Antihistamines may be prescribed to relieve the itching.
Itching or curd like discharges after taking all the antibiotics prescribed may be the cause of vaginal fungal infection. This may happen oftentimes as a side effect of taking the antibiotics. You may visit your local gynecologist or you may come to see Dr. Vitasna for a postoperative check up. She may prescribe an antifungal medication.
The rate of post-surgical complications is low especially when laser is utilized by an experienced surgeon and you carefully and religiously follow our post-operative care instructions. In the unlikely event of post-operative complications, you should immediately see Dr. Vitasna for early examination and treatment to prevent worsening of the complication.