If you are planning on having tubal reversal surgery, you'll most likely want to know what to expect. Here are some tips to help you improve your comfort level so you can get back to your regular routine in no time.
One of the first things most people consider when facing surgery is the pain level. Your doctor should go over this with you, and with tubal reversal surgery, you will be given a local anesthetic. Most women have general anesthesia, and wake up with minimal discomfort. You will have some pain and soreness, but your doctor will prescribe you pain medicine if needed. You'll be advised to take ibuprofen to minimize pain and swelling for the next few weeks as well.
When you wake up from surgery, you can have clear non-carbonated liquids. You shouldn't eat high sodium foods, as this can cause swelling and water retention. Jello, apple juice, tea, white grape juice and water are all acceptable. You should be able to eat within a few hours after the surgery. It's not uncommon for some people to be nauseous when they eat their first meal after surgery, so take it slow and only eat plain or soft foods until you're comfortable with regular meals. You may have to spend one night a the hospital or clinic, but you'll most likely go home after that.
Once home, you'll have to take care of the incision site by washing it with special antibacterial cleanser recommended by your surgeon. Usually, a nurse will instruct you on how to do this. You'll experience pain and tenderness, but it can be managed with ibuprofen or a prescription. You should avoid heavy lifting for four weeks, but walking and light exercise is beneficial. Monitor your temperature, and anything above 100 degrees is sign of an infection and should be reported to the doctor immediately. It can take from one week to ten days for you to resume your usual routine. This is normal, and should be expected. Make sure to take enough time off work to allow yourself to heal.