your recovery time will vary depending on the details of your procedure. Expect to spend the first few days after the surgery reclining as much as possible. Be sure to rest and follow your doctor’s instructions. It’s important to let any incisions heal completely, and to take any antibiotics your doctor prescribes.
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.
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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
To help your wound heal and reduce the risk of infection after surgery, you may be advised to avoid:
You may have mild pain and discomfort for a few days. Your doctor might prescribe oral antibiotics to prevent infection. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers.
A small amount of discharge or minor bleeding for a few weeks is normal. A panty liner is usually sufficient enough to handle this.
Follow your doctor’s instructions for cleaning and caring for the area. This may include taking one or two sitz baths a day for a few days.
Until you’re fully healed and the doctor gives you the go-ahead, don’t:
You should be able to resume normal activities within two to four weeks.
Follow up with your doctor as recommended to ensure that you’re healing properly.
You may have pain around the wound site after the operation, so you will feel bruised and swollen for a few days. You will be given some painkillers to take home; take these regularly for the first few days as prescribed and then as and when you need to after that. The pain should get better every day.
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Surgery to remove the affected Bartholin's gland may be recommended if other treatments haven't been effective and you have repeated Bartholin's cysts or abscesses.
This operation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and takes about an hour to complete. You may need to stay in hospital for 2 or 3 days afterwards.
Risks of this type of surgery include bleeding, bruising and infection of the wound. If the wound does become infected, this can usually be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your GP.