After surgery, you may have pain and discomfort in your vulva for several days. It may be uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time. You may also have pain if your urine comes into contact with your wound.
Your doctor may have put a small rubber tube, called a catheter, in the cut (incision). The catheter keeps the area open so fluid can drain out of it. The catheter may fall out on its own during the first 2 weeks. If not, your doctor will remove it after several weeks.
You can expect to feel better and stronger each day, although you may get tired quickly and need pain medicine for a week or two. You may need about 2 to 4 weeks to fully recover.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
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After the operation You will return from theatre with a sanitary towel in place and you may have slight blood loss, this is normal. When you first come back from theatre you may have something to drink, and then about half an hour after that, something to eat. The nurses will ask you not to get out of bed on your own the first time, but use the ‘nurse call buzzer’ to call for assistance. You will experience some discomfort after surgery which will be controlled with painkillers as required. You will need a few hours on the ward to recover before going home and will usually be able to go home on the same day as the procedure or the next day. A doctor may see you before you go home if needed and a qualified nurse will need to formally discharge you Page 2 Information and advice for patients, Gynaecology Drainage of Bartholin cyst/abscess before you go. If you are discharged before the gauze/pack has been removed you will be asked to return the following day for this. Please check with the ward you are admitted to when a relative or friend should telephone the ward at about your discharge and they will be given a pick-up time for you.
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Bartholin gland abscesses usually develop over two to four days and can become larger than 8 cm. They tend to rupture and drain after four to five days If the cyst is infected, it may break open and start to heal on its own after 3 to 4 days. But if the cyst is painful, your doctor may drain it.
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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a vinegar made from apples with a double fermentation process that yields acetic acid, the key ingredient of all vinegars. Apple cider vinegar is another recommended natural remedy. It may help with cysts to a limited extent. There are no studies showing apple cider vinegar reduces cysts or removes them. But, like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar is shown to be antimicrobial.
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You should not try to squeeze or lance the cyst as that could cause an infection. The doctor may decide to create a small cut over the gland, making an opening so fluid can drain out from the cyst. He may then sew the opening in a way that leaves it open but helps prevent it from tearing and getting bigger.
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