Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) is surgery to remove your uterus. Other organs, such as your ovaries and fallopian tubes, may also be removed.


AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.

  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.

  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your PHP how to take this medicine safely.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your PHP or gynecologist as directed:

You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Rest as needed:

You may feel like resting more after surgery. Slowly start to do more each day. Ask when you can return to your usual activities.

Contact your PHP or gynecologist if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have new or increasing bright red blood coming from your vagina or your incisions.

  • You have trouble urinating, burning when you urinate, or feel a need to urinate often.

  • You have trouble having a bowel movement.

  • You have yellow, green, or foul-smelling discharge coming from your vagina.

  • Your incision is red, swollen, or has pus or foul-smelling drainage coming from it.

  • You have pain that gets worse instead of better, or that is not controlled with your pain medicine.

  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have heavy vaginal bleeding that fills 1 sanitary pad or more an hour, for 4 hours in a row.

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.

  • You cough up blood.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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