What aftercare is required after a myomectomy?


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The aftercare for myomectomy includes avoiding driving, climbing stairs, lifting heavy objects and vigorously exercising until fully recovered, according to the Mayo Clinic. It also recommends that the use of tampons be avoided during the recovery period.

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Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes uterine fibroids while leaving the uterus intact. For two weeks following the procedure, patients should get as much rest as possible and not stand for more than several minutes at a time, according to the Better Health Channel. Pain medications should also be taken as prescribed by the surgeon, and all prescribed antibiotics should be finished. After about two weeks, patients should try to walk for about 10 minutes a day, unless contraindicated by the physician.

Depending upon which type of myomectomy was performed, patients can return to work anywhere from two to six weeks. Patients need to watch for excessive vaginal bleeding and signs of infection such as increasing pain, redness and inflammation or increased drainage from the surgical site. If these signs and symptoms are noticed, the doctor should be immediately notified. Patients should also expect to wear sanitary pads after a myomectomy to absorb blood, and to expect a heavier than normal menstrual period following the procedure, according to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

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