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Posterior Vaginal Repair
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A posterior vaginal repair is surgery to fix a rectocele or vaginal hernia.
Seek care immediately if:
- You feel something is bulging out into your vagina or rectum and not going back in.
- You cannot urinate.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You soak a sanitary pad with blood every hour for 4 hours.
- You have vaginal pain that does not go away even after you take pain medicine.
- You have pus or a foul-smelling discharge from your genital area.
- You see blood in your urine.
- You have a fever, chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- You have nausea and are vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You may need any of the following:
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Bowel movement softeners make it easier for you to have a bowel movement.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.
Care for your incision as directed. You can take a shower after 2 days. Do not take a bath or get in a pool or hot tub. Your healthcare provider will tell you when it is okay. He or she may tell you it is okay to take a sitz bath. Your healthcare provider will give you more information if a sitz bath is okay to do. Change your sanitary pad regularly. Keep track of how often you change the pad.
- Do not have sex until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
- Do not put anything in your vagina for 6 weeks after the surgery. This allows time for the wound to heal.
- Do not lift more than 10 pounds for at least 6 weeks. Heavy lifting puts pressure on the surgery area and slows healing.
- Avoid heavy exercise the first few weeks after the surgery. You may try light activity, such as short walks, 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery.
- Try not to cough or strain to have a bowel movement. This may cause damage to the surgery area. Ask your healthcare provider about ways to make bowel movements easier so you do not have to strain.
- Eat healthy foods and drink liquids as directed. This will help prevent constipation. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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