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What are the post-op instructions for the NovaSure procedure?

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Post-op instructions for the NovaSure procedure include no intercourse or douching until the doctor gives the go-ahead, according to Physicians to Women. Patients should not operate a machine or drive for at least 24 hours. They should contact their doctor if they experience any complications.

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Patients should not use tampons after a NovaSure procedure without clearance from their doctor, reports Physicians to Women. They should use pads until their follow-up appointment, according to Women's Health Care of Western Colorado. They should also abstain from sexual intercourse until their postoperative visit.

It is normal to have vaginal discharge that is red, brown or pink in color for up to six weeks after the procedure, notes Physicians to Women. However women should contact their physicians if the bleeding becomes too heavy. Uterine cramping is normal after the procedure, and can be alleviated by placing moist heat on the stomach to reduce discomfort. The patient should take prescription pain medication as directed by the physician.

Patients should not operate machinery, drive or use the stairs for at least 24 hours after the procedure, states Physicians to Women. They should not take alcohol for at least 24 hours after undergoing NovaSure endometrial ablation as alcohol may increase the effects of sedation.

Patients should contact their physician if they do not urinate within six hours after getting home, reports Physicians to Women. They should also contact their physician if their temperature exceeds 100.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The patient should go to the hospital if they notice greenish and foul-smelling vaginal discharge and if they have persistent nausea, vomiting and pelvic pain, according to Woman's Clinic. These are signs of an infection that can occur 36 to 48 hours after the NovaSure procedure.

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