ProcreaWinnipeg, Manitoba
Procrea

FAQ - Surgical Gynecology

Do you perform laparoscopic hysterectomies?

Yes, on suitable candidates. We perform both supracervical and total laparoscopic hysterectomies.


What can I eat or drink prior to my surgery?

Your physician & doctor's assistant will provide all necessary information at your pre-operative assessment.


What medications can I take the morning of my surgery?

The Pre-anaesthesia clinic nurse, at the hospital your surgery is booked at, will review your medications and advise you on which can be taken prior to your surgery. Please go to the pre-anaesthesia clinic with a complete list of all your current medications and questions.


When can I return to work after surgery?

It depends on the procedure and variable recovery rates. Generally you can return to work 1 week from diagnostic laparoscopy/hysteroscopy, 1 -2 weeks after operative laparoscopy/hysteroscopy, between 2 - 4 weeks for laparoscopic hysterectomy/myomectomy and 6 - 8 weeks after traditional abdominal surgery.


When can I travel after laparoscopic surgery?

On average, within 1 - 2 weeks.


When can I drive after surgery?

It all depends on the type of surgery but generally within 1 - 4 weeks.


When can I resume sexual activity?

Each procedure will vary. Minor surgical procedures are usually 1 - 2 weeks, major surgeries between 4 - 6 weeks. Consult your surgeon for their recommendations.


When can I go to the gym after surgery?

Each procedure and individual varies; however, a general guideline is within 2 weeks for minor surgery and 4 - 6 weeks following major surgery. Consult with your physician prior to beginning strenuous activities.


When can I take a bath?

Following a surgical procedure you can shower within 48 hours and bathe after 7 days.


How soon can I use my hot tub or go swimming after my surgery?

If there is no outward sign of infection at your incision sites, then the average time is 2 - 3 weeks.


When do I remove the bandages or steri-strips?

Surface bandages can be removed, under clean conditions, within 48 - 72 hours. Steri-strips can be removed within 7 - 10 days. If rash or blistering occurs, you may be allergic to the adhesive. Notify your physician as they may have to be removed sooner.


When do stitches/staples come out?

Usually within 7 - 10 days.


When do I start Lupron after endometriosis surgery?

Within 1 week.