Post Op Instructions

Below are listed some general instructions concerning your recovery from surgery.

ACTIVITY

You will require rest for the first day, with full activity resuming within 2 to 4 days. Be sensible and increase your activities as you feel better and better.

DIET

You may be nauseated on the day of surgery, so liquids and bland food may suit you best once you get home, until your nausea improves. After that, you may resume your normal diet.

BATHING

You may take a shower and wash your hair when desired; baths are acceptable within a few days.

BOWELS

Constipation is best avoided. If you have difficulty, use a mild, over-the-counter laxative such as Senekot, Perdiem, or Milk of Magnesia. Also, be sure to keep your fluid intake up in order to avoid straining to move your bowels. Remember that narcotic pain relievers and inactivity slow bowel function.

INTERCOURSE

You may have sex after any bleeding stops, but not less than 5 days after surgery.

VAGINAL DISCHARGE

After laparoscopy, D&C, hysteroscopy, and cervical surgery, there is frequently a vaginal discharge and/or spotting that will last up to 2 weeks. This is normal and part of the healing process. If it is more than a normal period, call your doctor for further instructions; otherwise, use a pad rather than a tampon.

DOUCHING

Douching is not generally recommended, and never should be done within 4 weeks of surgery.

PAIN

You will be given a prescription for pain medicine at the time of discharge, or your doctor may have given you one during the office pre-operative visit. Mild to moderate cramping, and shoulder pain (if laparoscopy) may be anticipated, and is best treated with over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin). If needed, the prescribed pain medicine may be necessary.

EMOTIONS

Most people experience some emotional “ups and downs” following surgery. These are the effects of both a general anesthetic, as well as the stress to the body from surgery. If you feel like crying for no reason at all, please understand that this is a normal phenomenon.

MENSTRUATION

Your period may come when it normally is due, especially if you are on the birth control pill. Alternatively, for women not on the pill, the first period after surgery may be delayed up to 4 to 6 weeks. If your surgery was pregnancy related, the first period is usually 4 to 6 weeks from the surgery. For all women, the first period after surgery may be heavier and/or more painful.

INCISIONS/DRESSINGS (LAPAROSCOPY)

Many times, the doctor will cover the incisions with small pieces of tape called steri-strips. They are waterproof, and for the most part, can be ignored. However, they may begin to curl up at the ends or drop off within a few days. They can be removed when that happens, or 4 to 7 days after surgery. Generally, any stitches are underneath the skin, and dissolve, and do not need removal.

WORK

You may return to work when physically able, generally within 2 to 7 days, depending on the nature and extent of your surgery.

APPOINTMENT

Please call the office to schedule a post-operative visit if you have not already done so.

BIRTH CONTROL

Please continue your current method of birth control. If you are on the pill, continue taking it as before surgery. If you are going onto the pill after surgery, your doctor will tell you when and how to start it. If you had a tubal ligation (tubes tied), it is effective immediately, and you do not need other birth control. However, those women on the pill may wish to finish the cycle so that menstruation won’t be irregular.

PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE FOR:

  1. Fever over 100.4°
  2. Severe lower abdominal pain
  3. Heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding
  4. Redness or swelling of an incision
  5. Severe chest pains
  6. Frequency or burning with urination
  7. Fainting
  8. Swelling or redness of the legs
  9. Any other concerns

About North Pointe OB/GYN

With two convenient locations in Cumming and Dawsonville, Georgia, North Pointe OB/GYN makes it easy for women in North Atlanta to get the obstetrical and gynecological care they need. The team of OB/GYNs at North Pointe OB/GYN offers a wide array of services.

All of the doctors at North Pointe OB/GYN are highly trained in their field, and they also have many years of experience treating women in clinical settings. Drs. Sean J. Lambert, Robert B. Barrett, Nancy M. Walsh, and Gretchen Mitchell are all respected by their peers and highly recommended by many of their patients.

Together, the five doctors are able to help women with many different services. They see women for the following:

  • Prenatal care and gestational diabetes treatments
  • High-risk pregnancies, and twins and multiples births
  • Contraception and IUDs
  • Abnormal bleeding and STD testing
  • Menopause management

The doctors also offer genetic screening, well woman health exams, urinary incontinence treatments, and minimally invasive surgery, when it’s necessary.

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North Pointe OB/GYN

With two convenient locations in Cumming and Dawsonville, Georgia, North Pointe OB/GYN makes it easy for women in North Atlanta to get the obstetrical and gynecological care they need. The team of OB/GYNs at North Pointe OB/GYN offers a wide array of services.

All of the doctors at North Pointe OB/GYN are highly trained in their field, and they also have many years of experience treating women in clinical settings. Drs. Sean J. Lambert, Robert B. Barrett, Nancy M. Walsh, and Gretchen Mitchell are all respected by their peers and highly recommended by many of their patients.

Together, the five doctors are able to help women with many different services. They see women for the following:

The doctors also offer genetic screening, well woman health exams, urinary incontinence treatments, and minimally invasive surgery, when it’s necessary.


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Women's Center at Northside Forsyth

North Pointe OB/GYN Associates is pleased to perform deliveries at the Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. The Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth is a beautiful, new, state-of-the-art facility conveniently located in Cumming, Georgia. The 108,000 square-foot Women's Center was designed to rival the nationally acclaimed Women's Center at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. The Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth offers comprehensive services for labor and delivery, neonatal care, high-risk perinatal diagnostics, parenting and newborn classes and lactation consultation to the residents of Forsyth County.

Giving Birth at Northside Forsyth

Patients who give birth at Northside Hospital-Forsyth can enjoy all the benefits of Northside Hospital's nationally-acclaimed Women's Center, an Atlanta legacy, without the harrowing hour-plus drive down Georgia Highway 400. The Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth features private labor-delivery-recovery rooms, private postpartum rooms, C-Section delivery rooms, a newborn nursery, a level II Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit, a Center for Perinatal Medicine, a lactation center and A Woman's Place (specialty health care boutique).

OB/GYNs That Deliver at Northside Forsyth

If you are looking for an OB/GYN that delivers at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, call North Pointe OB/GYN Associates today. Our primary office is located at Northside Hospital-Forsyth and we deliver at The Women's Center on the Northside Hopsital-Forsyth campus. Performing deliveries at Northside Hopsital-Forsyth enables our patients to get maternity and newborn services closer to home. This is great news for expectant moms and families in Forsyth and the surrounding areas.

If you are looking for an OB/GYN practice that delivers at The Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, please contact North Pointe OB/GYN Associates today to schedule an appointment. We are currently accepting new patients and we participate in many managed care plans. We look forward to supporting you during this very important time in your life.

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