Every woman is different-as is every surgery and recovery. Generally
speaking, I like my patients to really “take it easy” for the first
couple of days after surgery-rest, eat healthy, drink plenty of water
and give their bodies a chance to heal naturally. You can plan on
getting back to work in 2-3 day. Ice packs for the first 24 hours (and
I know it’s not terribly comfortable) can help tremendously with
swelling and pain.
My first follow-up exam is at 2 weeks and I ask my patients to refrain from any vigorous exercise until this exam. Once I check a patient’s recovery personally, I usually release them to low-impact exercises that are “comfortable”, such as walking or the elliptical. Nothing hi-impact, getting on a saddle, jarring, hyper extending or sex at this point and generally not for at least 4-6 weeks. You really want give yourself time to heal properly and my best advise it to to listen to your body.
I always get questions regarding “getting in water.” I allow my patients to shower immediately after surgery with a hypoallergenic soap. And even suggest my patients take sitz baths a few days after surgery. Water is not only very soothing, but is cleansing and healing. I prefer to see a patient in-person again before swimming.
Typically, it’s business as usual in 6 weeks, but again, it’s a very individual process. Always consult with your surgeon if you have any questions.
Dr Lori Warren