After labia surgery, please avoid exercise or excessive pelvic/leg movement especially for the first 48 - 72 hours. This will allow healing and good approximation of the skin edges. (Take it easy, lie in bed for a few days, watch TV or read a book)
You may experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, spotting or light bleeding during the first week.
There may be burning when urinating. This is common. Having a gentle shower after urinating may be helpful, or apply the antibiotic ointment beforehand to prevent urine irritation.
After a bowel movement, have a gentle shower to wash the area.
Your help in keeping the area clean will allow good healing, prevent scaring and infection.
Things to do:
- Day 1: Ice packs every 30 minutes for 15 minutes at a time, during the first 6 hours. This can decrease the immediate swelling that usually occurs. Do not apply the ice directly onto the skin; rather wrap a tea towel around the ice. We don’t want to freeze the skin, only cool it!
- Sitz baths(shallow bath) with Epson salts, two to three times per day. Never scrub the area, just sit in a shallow bath and splash the area with water. Do not pull your thighs or labia apart. This will disrupt the sutures and cause scarring.
- Apply the antibiotic ointment after the sitz baths three times per day.
- Please use the prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
- For the first few days, try avoid underwear or pads. Once the skin edges have started to heal together, wear a loose pad if needed with loose underwear.
- No intercourse, Jacuzzi’s, leg or pelvic exercises or tampon use until healed.
If you have bleeding, pain or a fever, please come in or call us 416-484-8383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org after hours.
If after hours or if we are not available, please proceed to the nearest emergency room.