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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A salpingectomy is surgery to remove one or both of your fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. They are part of a woman's reproductive system. A salpingectomy may be done to treat an ectopic pregnancy, cancer, endometriosis, or an infection. It may also be done to prevent pregnancy or some types of cancer.
Call 911 for any of the following:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- You have trouble breathing.
Seek care immediately if:
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your stitches come apart.
- You soak through 1 sanitary pad in 1 hour.
- You have trouble urinating or cannot urinate at all.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your vagina.
- Your pain does not get better after you take your medicine.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or you have a rash.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 wound as directed:
Ask your healthcare provider when your wound can get wet. Do not take a bath until your healthcare provider says it is okay. Take a shower only. Carefully wash around the wound with soap and water. Let the soap and water gently run over your incision. Do not scrub your incision. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. If you have strips of medical tape, let them fall off on their own.
Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to your normal activities. Do not douche, use tampons, or have sex until your healthcare provider says it is okay. These activities may cause infection. Do not exercise or lift anything heavy until your healthcare provider says it is okay. This may put too much stress on your incision.
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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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.