Information and advice for patients operated at the Department of Gynaecology.
When you come home
It might take a few weeks to fully recover and get back to normal, depending on the type of operation you have gone through. Please read the information leaflets you received from the staff, after the operation.
You can experience light and fresh bleeding for the first week, followed by brownish discharge for up to 3 -4 weeks after the operation. This is completely normal. If you start having heavy bleeding, clots or signs of infection, such as foul smelling discharge or a rise in temperature, please contact the department or your local doctor.
Your wound will heal quickly, but there is a risk of infection in or around the wound (redness, heat, swollenness, pain and high temperature).
You may also have bruising (hematoma) which can be sore for some time. This is not dangerous and will disappear after a few weeks.
You can wash the wound with water, and if you prefer with un-perfumed soap. If there is some discharge from the wound, apply a loose dressing over it. You can buy these at the chemist.
You can resume taking baths and swimming when the wound is completely healed and you no longer have vaginal discharge.
You can be quite tender around the tummy in the first few weeks. We therefore recommend that you continue to take painkillers after discharge from the hospital. If the pain is persistent or increases despite the painkillers, you can contact the department or your local doctor.
If you have undergone key-hole surgery, you may experience pain in your shoulders due to the accumulation of air in the stomach during the operation. Physical activity reduces the air and the pain will recede.
Recommendations for painkillers after discharge from the hospital
Please see the list of medicines you received from the staff.
Consume a varied, high energy and protein rich diet. Furthermore, drink lots of fluids, about 2 liters a day.
Bowels and digestion
Normal functioning of the bowels and digestion can be expected after a few days. Drinking plenty of fluids, eating a varied diet and physical activity will stimulate bowel movement and digestion. Some patients might need supplements such as Magnesia, which you can buy at the pharmacy.
It is quite normal to feel tired after the operation. We recommend daily walks and a varied diet. If your blood percent is low, you are advised to take iron supplements. Buy them at the pharmacy. This will be assessed by the doctor when you are discharged
The desire to take up normal sexual activity will return when you feel less tired and pain diminishes. Sexual satisfaction, such as orgasm, will not be affected by the operation. Getting back to a normal sexual life depends on the type of operation you have undergone. This will be assessed by the doctor at discharge.
Psychological reactions are different from person to person. Pay attention to all of your reactions! Involve your family and friends in your thoughts and worries. Everyone needs support and someone to talk to.
How do I contact the department after discharge?
Within the first two weeks after discharge, you can contact the outpatients clinic, ward 4004, by telephone. If you have problems after this period, please contact your local doctor.
Nurses can advise and guide you with questions relating to the operation or admittance to hospital on weekdays between 2.30 pm and 3.45 pm on telephone number + 45 35 45 81 81.
If you need acute assistance within 14 days after discharge, please contact the ward you were admitted to.
Emergency referrals include:
- A temperature over 39o C.
- Strong bleeding, including vaginal bleeding or bleeding with clots.
- Strong bleeding from the wound or if the wound has opened.
- Continual strong pains.