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Removing the Uterus and Cervix (Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy) with or without ovarian removal - is a surgical procedure involving the use of general anesthesia. If you experience any problems after being discharged to home, during office hours call 757-481-3366. After 4:30 pm call his night time emergency number 757-455-3584. You will be connected to the Physician on Call. Dr. Lackore's after hour coverage is provided by Womancare Center at DePaul Medical Center. You may also call the
The anesthesia will be acting in your body for the next 24 hours, so you will feel a little sleepy - this feeling will slowly wear off. Since the anesthesia (and sometimes medication for pain and nausea) is still in your system, do the following;
NORMAL ACTIVITY - Most patients with this procedure go home in 8 to 23 hours following surgery. Someone must drive you home. Rest and pamper yourself for at least 7 days. You have had major surgery even though it was generally accomplished through three small incisions. The first week you are home take care of just yourself. No heavy work, lifting (over 25 pounds), straining or long standing for three weeks. Do not engage in sports, heavy work or strenuous activity for three weeks. Thereafter gradually return to what is normal for you. Get rest, but remember fresh air and sunshine help speed recovery. So get outside and walk around. You may walk up and down stairs if necessary. However, go slowly, cautiously, and always hold the handrail.
YOU MUST - have an adult with you for 24 hours.
DO NOT – drive a car until you are fully alert, comfortable, off all pain medications and back to your usual full abilities (wait at LEAST 10-14 days, longer if you still need pain medications or feel discomfort).
DO NOT - operate hazardous machinery, power tools or kitchen appliances for 72 hours.
DO NOT - care for small children for 72 hours – it is NOT safe to have this responsibility.
DO NOT – put anything in the vagina for TEN weeks. No Intercourse for 10 weeks.
DO NOT – take a tub bath. Showers are preferred during the first week. Wait until you are comfortable getting up and down.
DO NOT - make any important personal or business decisions or sign any legal documents for 72 hours.
DANGER SIGNS: (call urgent contact phone numbers above).
NEW PRESCRIPTIONS: You may take Tylenol or Aleve (at normal doses on the bottle) as your wish for discomfort.
Take medications as prescribed by your physician.
POST OPERATIVE VISIT: this visit is usually scheduled before surgery. If not, please call the office at 481-3366 and make an appointment for your post-operative check-up 10-15 days following the procedure.
Page updated 7/8/2013 by Raymond C. Lackore MD